North Korea claims nuclear test
North Korea claims nuclear test
POSTED: 12:14 a.m. EDT, October 9, 2006
SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- North Korea on Monday
claimed it has performed a successful nuclear test,
according to that country's official Korean Central
News Agency (KCNA).
South Korean government officials also said North
Korea performed its first nuclear test, the South's
Yonhap news agency reported.
The apparent nuclear test was conducted at 10:36 a.m.
(0136 GMT) in Hwaderi near Kilju city, Yonhap
reported, citing defense officials.
"The field of scientific research in the DPRK (North
Korea's official name) successfully conducted an
underground nuclear test under secure conditions on
October 9 ... at a stirring time when all the people
of the country are making a great leap forward in the
building of a great prosperous powerful socialist
nation," KCNA reported.
Late Sunday in Washington, a U.S. military official
told CNN that "something clearly has happened," but
the Pentagon was working to fully confirm the report.
Senior U.S. officials said they also believed the test
took place, citing seismic data that appeared to show
"The nuclear test was conducted with indigenous wisdom
and technology 100 percent. It marks a historic event
as it greatly encouraged and pleased the KPA (Korean
People's Army) and people that have wished to have
powerful self-reliant defense capability," KCNA
"It will contribute to defending the peace and
stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the area
The U.S. Geological Survey's Rafael Abreau said the
earthquake-measuring agency has not recorded any
seismic activity from North Korea.
However, South Korean intelligence officials said a
seismic wave of magnitude-3.58 had been detected in
North Hamkyung province, according to Yonhap.
In Tokyo, the prime minister's office said Japan had
set up a task force to address the situation.
High-level South Korean officials were meeting Monday
after intelligence of the suspected test was received.
"President Roh Moo-hyun called in an emergency meeting
of related ministers on Monday to discuss the North
Korean nuclear issue," said Yonhap, quoting Foreign
Ministry spokesman Choo Kyu-ho.
"The meeting comes as there has been a grave change in
the situation involving the North's nuclear activity."
According to KCNA, there was no radioactive leakage
from the site.
On Friday, the U.N. Security Council warned North
Korea against performing a nuclear test, citing
unspecified action if it should do so.
It also called on North Korea to return immediately to
the six-party talks with China, Japan, South Korea,
Russia and the United States.
Citing American belligerence and pressure, North Korea
said Tuesday that a nuclear test was in the works. A
date and time for the test was not given.
The report of the test came as Japan's new Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Seoul for meetings with
President Roh Moo-hyun to address the nuclear issue as
well as address strains in relations between the two
countries over territorial and historical disputes.
North Korea accused rival South Korea on Monday of
committing a serious provocation by firing warning
shots during a weekend incident in which the South
says soldiers from the communist North crossed over
The border shooting came Saturday. South Korean
soldiers rattled off about 40 warning shots after a
group of five North Korean troops crossed into the
southern side of the no-man's-land separating the
divided Korean peninsula, South Korea said.
No one was hurt in the incident.
On Monday, members of the U.N. Security Council are
expected to select South Korean Foreign Minister Ban
Ki-moon to succeed Kofi Annan as secretary-general of
the world body.
In a straw poll last Monday, all but one of the 15
council members supported that choice, according to
Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya.
John Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations,
refused to discuss the outcome of the vote, but said:
"I think it was sufficiently clear that all members of
the council agreed to move to a formal vote on Monday
night," he said. The announcement would be made
Tuesday, he said.
CNN's Jamie McIntyre, Barbara Starr, Sohn Jie-ae and
Elise Labott contributed to this report