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(2nd LD) N. Korea apparently conducts nuke test: S. Korea

2017/09/03 13:36

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SEOUL, Sept. 3 (Yonhap) -- North Korea seems to have carried out a nuclear test Sunday, South Korea's military said, citing an unusual seismic activity in the vicinity of the North's nuclear test site.

The 5.6 magnitude "artificial earthquake" that happened in the Punggye-ri area at around 12:20 p.m. is "presumed" to be from the North's sixth nuclear test, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) announced.

It added all South Korean troops have been put on high alert.

South Korea's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae immediately convened a National Security Council meeting on the issue.

Hours earlier, North Korea claimed that it has developed a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded into a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Since 2006, North Korea has carried out five nuclear tests, including two last year.

sooyeon@yna.co.kr

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