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N. Korea gives U.S., China advance notice of nuclear test plan

All Headlines 13:06 February 12, 2013

SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea gave advance notice to the United States and China that it was going to conduct a nuclear test, a South Korean official said Tuesday, after an artificial quake across the heavily armed border strongly suggested that Pyongyang had exploded a nuclear device.

Pyongyang gave the notice to Washington and Beijing on Monday, the official said.

"A series of signs have been detected since yesterday that showed North Korea was going to go ahead with a nuclear test," the official said. "There have been past cases where North Korea gave advance notice to the U.S. and China before a nuclear test."

The suspected blast, if confirmed, would mark the North's third nuclear test.

Pyongyang conducted its first nuclear test in 2006 and the second one in 2009.


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