US general: 2nd N. Korea nuke test possible

October 30, 2006 12:07

North Korea fired five short-range missiles during military training last week, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday, as the top US general in the South warned that Pyongyang could conduct a second nuclear test. The North fired the ground-to-air and air-to-air missiles, with ranges from 10 kilometers (6 miles) to 50 kilometers (30 miles), as part of an annual training session, the Chosun Ilbo reported citing an unidentified government official. The North fired a series of longer-range missiles in July, including an intercontinental ballistic missile that many believe could potentially hit the United States. The report comes amid speculation that North Korea may be preparing to conduct a second nuclear test following its first-ever on Oct. 9. US Army Gen. B.B. Bell said at a news conference Monday that a second test is possible, though he didn't cite any specific intelligence that another test was imminent. "I can only surmise that since they tested one, we would see at some time in the future yet another test of a nuclear device," Bell said, adding that missiles and other weapons also could be tested. "I think we can expect future tests as part of their program to develop these kinds of very provocative weapons."

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