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13 September 2004 - North Korea Special Weapons News

  • North Korea: Pyongyang Says Explosion Caused By Construction Work RFE/RL 13 Sep 2004 -- Reports of an enormous explosion in North Korea last week have sparked concern that the country may have carried out a nuclear test. The first reports came from media in South Korea, which has been locked in a military stalemate with the North since the end of the Korean War in the 1950s. North Korea played down the significance of the blast today, saying it was a planned explosion carried out in connection with demolition work.
  • BRITAIN / NORKOR VOA 13 Sep 2004 -- A British minister visiting North Korea says Pyongyang will let foreign diplomats visit the site of a large explosion that triggered fears of a nuclear-weapons test.
  • NOKOR/BLAST VOA 13 Sep 2004 -- In the first remarks to the outside world concerning last Thursday's mysterious explosion, North Korea reportedly has said the blast was part of a construction project. Other countries, however, have been unable to determine what caused the blast.
  • Kim Jong Il Receives Chinese Delegation KCNA 13 Sep 2004 -- Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, Sunday met the Chinese party and government delegation led by Li Changchun, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, on an official goodwill visit to the DPRK.
  • Chinese Government Decides to Donate Aid KCNA 13 Sep 2004 -- The government of the People's Republic of China decided to donate aid to the DPRK.
  • KCNA Blasts U.S. Arms Buildup KCNA 13 Sep 2004 -- The United States is putting spurs to the preparations for a new war against the DPRK behind the curtain of dialogue.
  • British Foreign Ministry Delegation Here KCNA 13 Sep 2004 -- A delegation of the Foreign Ministry of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland led by Bill Rammell, deputy secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, arrived here Saturday.
  • Spokesman for DPRK FM. on Issue of Uranium Enrichment in South Korea KCNA 13 Sep 2004 -- -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Saturday gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA as regards the cases of nuclear-related secret experiments disclosed in south Korea in succession recently: It has been brought to light recently that south Korea made a uranium enrichment experiment by laser in secrecy in 2000 and conducted an experiment for extracting plutonium in 1982.

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