19 Apr '11, 8am

N. Korea ready to conduct nuclear test if dialogues fail: S. Korea

SEOUL: North Korea is ready to conduct another nuclear test if its current approaches for dialogue fail although there are no current signs of preparations, South Korea's spy chief said Tuesday. "Another atomic test is always possible as (North Korea) has various nuclear test sites and construction of (new) sites is under way," National Intelligence Service chief Won Sei-Hoon was quoted as telling a parliamentary intelligence committee. Won's comments to the closed-door session were quoted by ruling party lawmaker Hwang Jin-Ha. North Korea conducted its first two nuclear tests in October 2006 and May 2009. The South's Yonhap news agency reported in February that the North was digging at least two new tunnels at its nuclear test site in apparent preparation for a third atomic detonation. "I believe North Korea will use military action such as nuclear and missile (tests) to ...

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