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500 on radiation watch after DPRK test

By Agencies

500 on radiation watch after DPRK test
In this Jan 7, 2016 photo, a DPRK soldier looks across the border with China from his post in Sakchu county, DPRK, as seen from near Dandong in northeastern China's Liaoning province. (Chinatopix via AP)

BEIJING - The Chinese government has mobilised more than 500 people to carry out round the clock monitoring for radiation along the border after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said last week it had carried out its fourth nuclear test, but nothing abnormal has been found.

China firmly opposed DPRK's test. China's environment ministry said in a statement on Monday more than 500 people were involved in monitoring for radiation, including about 350 people along the border itself, along with 37 fixed monitoring stations and 14 mobile ones.

It showed pictures on its website of a radiation monitoring vehicle driving along a snowy road along the border, and an official standing in the snow looking at technical equipment.

But the ministry had already "basically ruled out" the possibility the test would have any radiation impact upon China, and nothing abnormal had yet been found, it said.

The ministry was testing air, soil and snow samples, and would continue to test and maintain their current emergency response mechanism.

Residents close to the border last week told Reuters they were concerned about the environmental effect of the test.

China has repeatedly expressed anger with Pyongyang for its nuclear tests and other sabre-rattling.

China has signed up for tough United Nations sanctions on DPRK and insists it follows them, including carrying out border inspections.

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