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N. Korean Nuclear Test Imminent?

Posted October. 05, 2006 07:12,   


According to a source in Washington, “U.S. intelligence authorities foresee that there is a good chance that North Korea might conduct a nuclear test within a week.”

Another high-ranking official said, “Considering that the foundation day of the Korean People’s Army is October 10, it (the nuclear test) is likely to take place this month.”

On the other hand, another authority mentioned that, “As far as I know, there were no peculiar movements photographed by the satellites of our intelligence agencies,” suggesting that even Washington doesn’t yet have any hard evidence pointing to the possibilities of Pyongyang’s nuclear test.

"North Korea is an active proliferator (of WMD)," said Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on October 3 (local time). "And were they to test and were they then to proliferate those technologies, we`d be living with a proliferator and obviously we`d be living in a somewhat different world."

Another official in the administration commented that, “North Korea’s nuclear test would make the six-party talks worthless.”

It is reported that in case Pyongyang performs a test, Washington has informed Seoul about their plans to encourage the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution invoking the UN Charter Chapter 7, in order to impose new sanctions on North Korea.