20 Feb '11, 3am

N.Korea readying 3rd nuclear test?

SEOUL: North Korea has started digging tunnels at its nuclear test site in apparent preparation for a third atomic detonation, a report said Sunday. The North started building at least two new tunnels at Punggye-ri in the northeastern province of North Hamgyong for a possible underground atomic test, Yonhap news agency said, citing a senior Seoul official. The communist nation conducted its first two nuclear tests, in October 2006 and May 2009, in Punggye-ri, the second coming the month after it walked out of six-party regional nuclear disarmament talks. "It is obvious evidence that it (the North) is preparing a third nuclear test," said the unnamed official quoted by Yonhap. Pyongyang is building more than one tunnel to choose the best one for a possible test, as tunnels cannot be reused after a nuclear test blast, the official was quoted as saying. The official added the...

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