Friday, January 05, 2007

North Korea Preparing for Nuclear Test

By JONATHAN KARL, WASHINGTON (Jan. 5) -- North Korea appears to have made preparations for another nuclear test, according to U.S. defense officials.
Updated: 08:33 AM EST

"We think they've put everything in place to conduct a test without any notice or warning," a senior U.S. defense official told ABC News.

In October, the U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution that imposed harsh sanctions against North Korea just six days after Kim Jong Il's regime declared that it conducted an underground nuclear test. The sanctions were designed to coerce North Korea into giving up its nuclear program.

Resolution 1718 specifically called for North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons completely and irreversibly, as well as to put an end to its biological and chemical weapons, weapons of mass destruction, and ballistic missile programs.

Caricature by Monte Wolverton

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