Warning over nuclear test


South Korea warned that North Korea may test a nuclear weapon after a planned missile launch this month that is already raising regional tensions.

North Korean activity at the Punggye-ri atomic testing site is consistent with preparations for previous detonations in 2006 and 2009, a South Korean intelligence report said.

China, South Korea and Japan expressed concern over North Korea’s plan to put a satellite into orbit with a long-range rocket between April 12th and 16th, which the US says would scuttle a food aid deal. The launch, which would mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of state founder Kim Il Sung, threatens to overshadow South Korean elections tomorrow. – (Bloomberg)