Tuesday, February 12, 2013
DJ: Suga Says US Told Japan About Possible N Korea Nuclear Test Monday
TOKYO--Japan's chief government spokesman said Tuesday that Tokyo had been told Monday by the United States that North Korea may soon conduct a nuclear test, and that the government was closely cooperating with the U.S. and South Korea to respond to the situation.
"North Korea informed the United States on the 11th that it planned (to conduct a nuclear test)," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga during a press conference, adding that the U.S. contacted Japan the same day.
"We were only informed that it could take place in the near term, not specifically today," Mr. Suga said.
He said the government believed it was highly likely Pyongyang had indeed conducted a nuclear test.
He said the Japanese government had strengthened its monitoring system to evaluate the potential spread of radiation to Japan, although that given it was likely an underground test, radiation wouldn't likely be released into the atmosphere.
"We would like people to act calmly and continue with their regular lives," he said.