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Report: N. Korea nuclear test may come within 2 weeks
April 21, 2012 09:25

After carrying out two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, North Korea has completed preparations for a third such nuclear test, which could take place within two weeks, AFP reported Saturday, citing South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo.

The report cites a South Korean government source as saying an underground tunnel has been built at the site of North Korea's two previous nuclear tests. "Heaps of earth and sand which had been piled up outside the new tunnel have disappeared...It is highly likely that the North has installed a nuclear device inside the tunnel and sealed it (with the piles of earth and sand)," the source was quoted as saying.

Last week, North Korea admitted it had failed to accomplish its goal of putting a satellite into orbit with a test rocket launch which regional powers believe was a test of its long-range missile. North Korea's previous nuclear tests followed closely after missile launches.

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