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DPRK conducts successful nuclear test: state media(05/25/09)

PYONGYANG, May 25 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Monday it has successfully conducted "one more" underground nuclear test earlier in the day.

South Korea's nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac (R) speaks during an emergency meeting at the foreign ministry main office in Seoul May 25, 2009.  (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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In a statement released by the official news agency KCNA, the DPRK government said the test was "part of the measures to bolster up its nuclear deterrent for self-defence in every way as requested by its scientists and technicians."

"The current nuclear test was safely conducted on a new higher level in terms of its explosive power and technology of its control and the results of the test helped satisfactorily settle the scientific and technological problems arising in further increasing the power of nuclear weapons and steadily developing nuclear technology," the statement said.

But the brief statement did not give any details about the test, including its location.

South Korea's nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac (top R) speaks during an emergency meeting at the foreign ministry main office in Seoul May 25, 2009.  (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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The test came after the United Nations Security Council adopted a presidential statement in late April, condemning the April 5 rocket launch by the DPRK and demanding the country "not conduct any further launch."

Pyongyang subsequently announced it was quitting the six-party talks on nuclear disarmament and would restart nuclear facilities in protest of the UN statement.

A Democartic People's Republic of Korea missile launch facility at Musudan-Ri is seen in this April 5, 2009 GeoEye-1 satellite file photo taken from 423 miles in space as the GeoEye-1 commercial Earth-imaging satellite moved from north to south over the Korean peninsula at a speed of 4 miles per second.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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The DPRK conducted its first nuclear test in 2006.

 


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