White House monitoring activity around North Korean nuclear area

The White House said on Tuesday it is looking into the report of increased activity around the site of a North Korean nuclear area.

Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, made the remarks on Tuesday during a press gaggle aboard Air Force One en route to Oso, Washington. Carney responded to a question asking whether South Korea's recent report of increased activity could signal an upcoming nuclear test. He said the White House always monitors such actions.

"North Korea has a history of taking provocative actions, and we are always mindful of the possibility that such an action could be taken," Carney said. "Depending on what it is and what they do, if they do anything, it would most likely be in violation of numerous commitments that the (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) is bound by."

Carney said it was unfortunate that North Korea has violated its international commitments on many different occasions. When asked if there was any evidence to support South Korea's concerns, he said the White House was not in a position to discuss the information it has.

"We've certainly seen the public reports and the press reports," Carney said. "And again, I would note that there is a kind of cyclical nature to the provocative actions that North Korea tends to take, and we'll be watching it very closely."