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US confirms N Korea nuclear test
Pyongyang announced it had carried out a nuclear test on 9 October
Air samples from North Korea confirm that a nuclear explosion was carried out a week ago, US intelligence officials say.
Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte said the findings came after analysis of radioactive debris detected at the site of the test.
This the first official US confirmation that a nuclear detonation took place.
The UN Security Council has unanimously voted to impose sanctions against Pyongyang in response to the test.
Shortly after the confirmation, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned North Korea against conducting a second test.
A US military aircraft collected air samples on 11 October, two days after Pyongyang made its announcement of a successful test.
Analysis of air samples collected on 11 October 2006 detected radioactive debris
The apparently small size of the explosion had led to doubts over the veracity of North Korea's claim.
But the short statement from Mr Negroponte's office confirmed that a nuclear explosion with a yield of "less than a kiloton" took place.
This is less than a tenth of the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
Russia had previously been the only country to confirm the test, saying within only a few hours of North Korea's announcement that it was "100% certain" a nuclear test had been carried out.
Ms Rice, who leaves on Tuesday for talks in Japan, South Korea and China, told reporters that she hoped Pyongyang would not conduct a second test.
"That would further deepen the isolation of North Korea, and I hope they would not take such a provocative act," she said.
Ms Rice said that during her trip she planned to reassure leaders in Tokyo and Seoul that the US would stand by its security commitment to them.Source(s): BBC online news
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North Korea's resumption of its nuclear weapons program has set its neighbors and much of the rest of the world on edge.
Five nations -- the United States, China, Russia, Japan and South Korea -- are now piling the pressure on North Korea to curb its nuclear ambitions.
Pyongyang has said it wants a formal non-aggression treaty with the United States before it makes any move. But lately it has been dishing out a charm offensive in a bid to get Washington to be more flexible.
For its part, the United States is keen to see the standoff resolved but is standing firm amid concerns expressed by top officials that the nation is a "rogue state" holding the world hostage to nuclear blackmail.
2006-10-23 09:07:01 補充：
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