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China starts radiation monitoring after N. Korea's nuke test
By Kim Young-gyo
HONG KONG, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- China has started radiation monitoring following North Korea's latest nuke test, officials said Thursday.

   The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection said it has launched an emergency monitoring plan following the North's nuclear test conducted on Tuesday.

   Some 150 monitoring stations nation-wide have collected air samples across the nation in real-time, the ministry said, adding that experts have been dispatched to China's northeastern region to analyze radiation levels.

   So far, no signs of radiation have been detected in the region, the ministry officials said.

   North Korea's underground nuclear test took place about 12 p.m. on Tuesday around 1 kilometer beneath the surface of the Punggye-ri test complex in the northeastern tip of the country. The testing site was only about 100 kilometers away from the Chinese border.

   The North Korean regime carried out the test in defiance of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) resolution passed just three weeks earlier.

   The resolution condemned the launching of a long-range rocket on Dec. 12 and warned the North not to engage in further provocation.