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  'Huge explosion' in North Korea
Updated 12 September 2004, 12.40

A huge explosion in North Korea last week sent up a two-mile-wide cloud of dust and left a crater visible from space, according to reports.

The South Korean media say the blast happened in Yanggang Province, close to the Chinese border, on Thursday.

Although North Korea has not said anything, foreign officials don't think the blast was caused by a nuclear test.

Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell, who is visiting the country, has asked for an explanation for the explosion.

North Korean soldiers
North Korean soldiers
In April, an blast caused by an accident at a railway station in North Korea killed more than 150 people.

North Korea is traditionally a very secretive country, and it took the government there three days to admit to that explosion.

Mr Rammell also said he would be trying to get North Korea involved in talks to prevent it being completely cut off from the world.

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