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Sunday, October 08, 2006

North Korea claims it has successfully tested a nuclear weapon

Some alarming breaking news tonight (Associated Press and CNN):
North Korea said Monday it has performed its first-ever nuclear weapons test. The country's official Korean Central News Agency said the test was performed successfully and there was no radioactive leakage from the site.

"The nuclear test is a historic event that brought happiness to the our military and people," KCNA said.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the test was conducted at 10:36 a.m. (9:36 p.m. EDT Sunday) in Hwaderi near Kilju city, citing defense officials.

The Japanese government set up a task force in response to reports of the test, Kyodo News agency said Monday. Ministers and officials were urgently called to discuss the situation, the agency reported.

[...]

Late Sunday in Washington, the U.S. military told CNN it believed the report to be true, but was working to fully confirm it.

Senior U.S. officials said they also believed the test took place.
Here's what the BBC is reporting:
It said the underground test, done in defiance of international warnings, was a success and had not resulted in any leak of radiation.

A South Korean official said an explosion had been detected in the north-east of North Korea, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale.

North Korea said last week that it planned to test a nuclear weapon.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun has called an emergency meeting of his government's National Security Council.

A South Korean official said that there had been a grave change in the security situation on the peninsula.
This is yet another development which indicates the Bush administration's strategy of engaging North Korea has been essentially a complete failure. Bush's team has sent conflicting signals in its dealings with North Korea - when it has dealt with North Korea. The real priority of those in power appears to exert American dominance over the Middle East so that a sure and plentiful supply of oil remains available to satisfy U.S. energy needs.

North Korea has been little more than an afterthought in this administration's foreign policy, and it shows.

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