Seoul: S Korea has dismissed the
report that detection of radioactive xenon higher than average
was related to a North Korean nuclear test last month.
"It is our position (the xenon) was not related to North
Korea's nuclear test," foreign ministry spokesman Kim Young
Sun told a press briefing yesterday.
The Chosun Ilbo cited a South Korean government source as
saying there had been detection of eight times more xenon than
average at a northeastern monitoring station in mid-May.
The newspaper raised question if the detection xenon
might have been related to a North Korean nuclear fusion test.
Spokesman Kim said xenon material had been detected, but
denied it was related to any North Korean nuclear test, saying
there were no seismic waves and citing expert assessment.
On May 12, North Korea claimed its scientists had
successfully created a nuclear fusion reaction to produce
energy, using "artificial solar" technology to achieve the
Nuclear fusion, which occurs naturally in stars such as
the Sun, is a process during which light atoms fuse to form
heavier ones. The fusion of elements with low atomic numbers
results in the release of substantial amounts of energy.
In defiance of international warnings not to do so, North
Korea conducted a second nuclear weapons test in May last
First Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 13:58