Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



South Korea Warns North On Nuclear Test

South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon. Photo courtesy of AFP.
by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP) Aug 23, 2006
South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday urged North Korea not to carry out any nuclear tests, warning of serious consequences for the world as well as the isolated communist state.

"It would pose a serious threat that would shake the international non-proliferation system from its foundation, and North Korea would be further isolated," Ban told journalists.

"It would bring about much more serious consequences than its missile test last month," he said.

The North, which says it has developed nuclear weapons, test-fired seven missiles on July 5, drawing the ire of the international community and criticism from the UN Security Council.

South Korea has stepped up monitoring of North Korea's nuclear activities amid news reports that the communist state may be preparing for an underground nuclear bomb test.

"At this moment, we cannot rule out the possibility (of North Korea preparing for a nuclear weapon testing)," Ban said in response to a question whether he had information confirming that preparations for such a test were under way in Punggye-ri in North Korea's northeastern county of Gilju.

"In close cooperation with other countries concerned, we have been watching the situation closely," he said.

The US television network ABC reported on Thursday that North Korea may be preparing to conduct an underground test of a nuclear bomb, attributing it to US officials.

Analysts here said the reclusive North might pretend to prepare a nuclear test to bluff the United States into looking afresh at stalled negotiations over North Korea's nuclear programme.

An imminent nuclear test was predicted in North Korea last year but no test occurred.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Related Links
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com

Israel Buys Upgraded Subs To Counter Iran Threat
Jerusalem (AFP) Aug 23, 2006
In a bid to boost its military arsenal against a perceived threat from archfoe Iran, Israel has signed a contract with Germany to buy two submarines capable of carrying nuclear weapons, a newspaper report said Wednesday.







  • Russian Military To Practice Repelling Invasion From East
  • Is The CIS Getting Divorced
  • F-22 Raptor To Be Deployed To The Northern Pacific
  • US Department Of Defense In Cash Crunch

  • Israel Buys Upgraded Subs To Counter Iran Threat
  • Seoul Fears Nuke Fallout
  • Iran To Announce Nuclear 'Breakthrough'
  • South Korea Warns North On Nuclear Test

  • Louisville Facility To Build NLOS-LS Precision Attack Missile
  • Raytheon's Louisville Facility to Build NLOS-LS Precision Attack Missile
  • Iran Tests Tactical Missile During War Games
  • Raytheon Company Awarded $266M Standard Missile-3 Contract

  • US Navy To Double Aegis Missile Defenese Fleet
  • BMD Focus: Japan's long road on BMD
  • Britain Is Potential Site For US Missile Defence System
  • General To Recommend US Missile Defense Sites In Europe Soon

  • US Sanctions On Russia Could Hurt Boeing
  • Boeing Puts Aircraft Market At 2.6 Trillion Dollars
  • Innovative Solutions Make Transportation Systems Safer Secure and Efficient
  • Joint Strike Fighter Is Not Flawed Finds Australian Government

  • AAI Wins Contract To Integrate Tactical Common Data Link For UAVs
  • Cyber Defense Systems Presents Flight Demo Of Hand-Launched CyberBug UAV
  • Protonex To Introduce Procore UAV Fuel Cell Power System
  • Iranian Businessmen Supplied Tehran With German Drone Technology

  • New Call Up Of Marines No Longer On Active Duty Issued
  • Premature Iraq Pullout Would Be A Huge Mistake Warns Bush
  • Benchmarks: Insurgents Keep Up Pressure
  • Leaks Likely On Iraq National Intelligence Estimate

  • Building a "Base at Sea" to Support U.S. Military Operations
  • Raytheon Makes Early Delivery Of P-8A Radar Mission Systems Integration Lab
  • Products To Revolutionize Space Weather Forecasts
  • Analysis: Guard Needs More Equipment

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement