Tuesday, October 17, 2006

2nd Nuclear Test by NK Feared

Seoul is "aware" of new signs that Pyongyang is reading for a second nuclear bomb test according to a SK governmental official today reported the Yonhap News. Media reports have indicated that U.S. spy satellites have surveiled suspicious activites at sites in NK that could indicate  preparations for another test. The official stated, "We are preparing for uncertainties but are very caustious in analyzing North Korea-related intelligence. Even though the Russian Minister of Defense indicated that the first test was equivalent to 5000-15000 megatons of TNT, U.S. authorities put the strength as less than 5000 and seemed to indicate that the first test may have been somewhat of a failure. Secretary Condaleeza Rice is expected to meet with SK Foreign Minister Ban Ki Moon in Seoul Thursday: she plans to visit China, Russian, and Korea, also. Kelly Wright of FNC indicates that an Australian newspaper is reporting that Chinese authorities are openly debating regime change as to Kim Jung Il.

Cf. http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/10/16/D8KQ4KLG0.html.

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