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February 12, 2013
North Korea Advises China, US Ahead Of 6 Kt Atomic Bomb Test
Seoul, Feb 12, 2013 (AFP) -
North Korea gave China and the United States advance warning before conducting what appeared to be its third nuclear test on Tuesday, the South Korean defence ministry said. Asked if he was aware if Pyongyang had informed Beijing and Washington before carrying out the test, defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok said: "We knew that." North Korea staged an apparent nuclear test Tuesday in a striking act of defiance that, now confirmed, is sure to trigger global condemnation from enemies and ... read more
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Outside View: Iranian demagogues
As the latest sanctions were imposed against Iran in a continuing effort to force it to end its push to develop nuclear weapons, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said something which again demonstrates his detachment from reality. ... more

Obama to propose deep nuclear arms cuts: report
US President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address on Tuesday to call for dramatic cuts in nuclear arsenals around the world, The New York Times has reported. ... more

Artificial quake detected in NKorea
South Korea has detected an "artificial earthquake" at North Korea's nuclear test site, Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday, suggesting Pyongyang had gone ahead with a threatened atomic test. ... more
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India keen to sign Rafale deal by mid-2013: air force chief
India hopes to sign a $12-billion deal to buy Rafale jets from France's Dassault Aviation by the middle of the year, the country's air force chief said Thursday. ... more


What does North Korea's nuclear test reveal?
North Korea's nuclear test opens a rare, limited window for expert evaluation of its atomic weapons programme, with an added urgency lent by Pyongyang's claim to have detonated a "miniaturised" device. ... more
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N. Korea test seen as setback to new US approach
North Korea's third nuclear test looks likely to set back any new diplomatic drive from the United States, which had seen glimmers of hope with the new cast of leaders in the region. ... more

Worldwide condemnation of N. Korea nuclear test
The United States and China joined other world powers in a chorus of condemnation Tuesday after North Korea carried out a third nuclear test in defiance of stark international warnings. ... more
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