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S. Korea forms military task force on nuclear test

Published on Jan 29, 2013 2:55 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's military said on Tuesday it had formed a crisis management task force to monitor North Korea's nuclear site ahead of an expected atomic test, which Seoul said could be imminent.

"Our assessment is that North Korea has almost completed preparations for a nuclear test," defence ministry spokesman Kim Min Seok told reporters, reaffirming Seoul's belief that the test could come any time.

The task force has been set up by the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff and is cross-referencing data and intelligence being collected by state institutions and independent experts, Mr Kim said.

The state-run Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources has set up a situation room to receive and process seismic information that might indicate when a test is conducted, he added.

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