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S. Korea leader says North may stage multiple nuclear tests

Published on Feb 5, 2013 1:04 PM
 

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean President Lee Myung Bak believes North Korea could detonate multiple devices when it goes ahead with a nuclear test expected in the coming weeks or even days.

In an interview published on Tuesday in the Chosun Ilbo daily, the outgoing president also acknowledged the huge challenge the international community faces in seeking to wean Pyongyang off its nuclear weapons programme.

The North has signalled that it will carry out a "higher level" nuclear test very soon, in a defiant response to UN sanctions imposed after its successful long-range rocket launch in December.

Mr Lee said "higher-level" suggested Pyongyang might attempt to detonate several devices.

 
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