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North Korea lashed out at Japan on Thursday, dismissing as “misinformation” a report earlier this week that more than 200 people were feared dead after a tunnel collapse at the North’s main nuclear test site following the country’s sixth atomic test in early September.

Japan’s TV Asahi, citing unnamed sources in the isolated country, reported Tuesday that the accident at the Punggye-ri test site had killed scores around Sept. 10. The Japan Times could not independently confirm the report, but North Korea rarely acknowledges major accidents, and any incident related to its nuclear program would be especially taboo.

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