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South Korea warns of North Korean nuclear test ahead of Obama's Asia trip

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South Korea warns of North Korean nuclear test ahead of Obama's Asia trip

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo and James Hardy, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

21 April 2014

South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) warned on 22 April that North Korea could be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, citing increased activity at the country's Punggye-ri test site.

US President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines on a six-day tour that starts on 23 April.

"Our military is currently detecting a lot of activity in and around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site," MND spokesman Kim Min-Seok told reporters in Seoul.

Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery provided to IHS Jane's earlier this year shows ongoing excavation of what may be a new test shaft or tunnel on the northern side of the Punggye-ri test complex since January.

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