U.S. received notice from North Korea before nuclear test: State Department

WASHINGTON Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:18pm EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea had advised the U.S. State Department of its intention to test a nuclear device prior to Tuesday's underground explosion, but had not said when it would conduct the test, department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

"The DPRK did inform us at the State Department of their intention to conduct a nuclear test, without citing any specific timing," she told reporters, using North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Nuland said the notice came through the "usual channel" but declined to say exactly when Washington received the notification. This usually refers to an office in New York where phone messages and faxes are exchanged between the two countries, which do not have diplomatic relations.

Secretary of State John Kerry had telephone conversations with his counterparts in Japan and South Korea, both U.S. allies, and with North Korea's ally, China, she said.

Kerry was still trying to reach Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who was traveling in South Africa, added Nuland.

(Reporting by Paul Eckert; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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americanguy wrote:
I think a “test” detonation at night of a Russian ATBIP (with coordination from China, US, S.Korea, and Japan), over the ocean near North Korea is in order. There would be no radiation effects after the massive conventional blast. Give notice to North Korea first.
Then the world can tell North Korea that compared to our nuclear weapons, that conventional weapon, which is more pwoerful than their nuclear weapon, is nothing.
If the world does nothing, we are looking at a nuclear war, and soon.
North Korea is out of control.
The world needs to stop talking and show Baby Kim (and the people of North Korea) a very small demonstration what will happen if he tries to play war with the big boys.

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