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Monday, October 09, 2006

North Korea says conducted nuclear test

SEOUL, Oct 9 (Reuters) - North Korea carried out an underground nuclear test on Monday, North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

"Our science research section has safely and successfully conducted an underground nuclear test on Oct. 9," it said.

It added that there was no leak or danger from the test.

South Korea's presidential Blue House said a tremor had been detected in North Korea on Monday.

It said South Korea's Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources had detected a tremor of a magnitude 3.58 to 3.7 at 0135 GMT.

Officials in neighbouring Japan and China had no immediate comment on the reports.

North Korea announced last week it would test a nuclear device saying its hand was forced by what it called U.S. threats of nuclear war and economic sanctions. But it said it would not be the first to use a nuclear weapon.
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