Watchdog Finds No Trace of North Korea's Nuke Test

Says it's unlikely to find a 'smoking gun' at this point

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 12, 2013 10:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – Plutonium or uranium: Which was the fissile material North Korea used in last month's nuclear test? We may never know, says a nuclear watchdog agency. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization hasn't found any "smoking gun" radioactive traces yet, and acknowledges that "it is very unlikely that we will register anything at this late stage." Reuters says the admission may mean that North Korea was able to successfully contain all nuclear traces that could have allowed for outside analysis. The CTBTO expressed confidence in the abilities of its system; it monitors nuclear tests around the globe via 270 stations.

Tibor Toth, of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, during a media briefing about the nuclear test announced by North Korea on Monday, May 25, 2009.   (AP Photo/Hans Punz)
In this March 7, 2013 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un uses binoculars to look at the South's territory from a military unit.   (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS)
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