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North Korea Alleged To Have Conducted A Nuclear Test
The Korean Central News Agency reports that North Korea has successfully staged an underground nuclear test. Earlier, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency has alerted the world to allegations that North Korea might have conducted a nuclear test. South Korea's and the US geological services detected a seismic tremor early on Monday that indicated a nuclear explosion.The news has prompted South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to call an emergency security meeting. North Korea has staged its first nuclear test in 2006. Bloomberg reports Asian stocks fell after reports of a nuclear test surfaced.
The agency says the test was "aimed at strengthening its [North Korea's] self-defence nuclear deterrent in every way".
The news confirms earlier reports by South Korea's Yonhap news agency.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is reported to have convened an emergency security meeting.
Yonhap quoted an unnamed official from South Korea's ruling party.
Both South Korea's and the US geological agency said they detected a seismic tremor early on Monday that indicated a nuclear explosion.
Asian stock markets fell after North Korea said it conducted a nuclear test, erasing an earlier rally that was fueled by gains in mining and shipping companies.