February 5th, 2013
05:58 AM ET

Five things to know about North Korea's planned nuclear test

By Jethro Mullen

North Korea's plans for a new nuclear test, like most things that happen inside the reclusive state, are shrouded in mystery. But that's not stopping analysts and officials from making some informed guesses about what's going on.

Why is North Korea planning to conduct a nuclear test?

The North says the "higher level" test is part of its military deterrent in its confrontation with the United States, which it describes as "the sworn enemy of the Korean people."

Its declaration that it would carry out the test came just two days after the United Nations Security Council voted in favor of imposing broader sanctions on the regime in response to Pyongyang's long-range rocket launch in December that was widely viewed as a test of ballistic missile technology.

The pattern of events is similar to the lead-up to the previous nuclear tests North Korea carried out in 2006 and 2009.

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  1. Pete

    Why don't we send an ICBM free of charge to N.Korea and show them what one of ours the proven ones can really do..1500'air burst should show significant damage and death that would change any none believers eyes and it gets rid of one of our old antique nukes in the process...Please send one with my regards because that little runt of a dictator really needs a lesson in preservation doesn't he!!

    February 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  2. Tembisa

    Reblogged this on World Chaos.

    February 5, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  3. Bangash

    Is there any justification in the demand of nuclear states to denuclearise North Korea? What justification nuclear states have for the same in their custody and have already used, killing in thousands?

    February 5, 2013 at 7:54 am | Reply
    • Paul Ryan

      Really? How about not wanting to be nuked. When was the last time you saw the US state department release a video of a city burning with the DPRK flag flying over it?

      February 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • Chuck

      Or there very hostile to everyone? It's them against basically the world, so they get a nuke there suddenly 10 times more dangerous. Think of this as a very long drawn Cuban missile crisis.

      February 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Reply
      • WAKE UP, AMERIKA

        I'D PREFER TO THINK OF THIS AS CHINA'S PROBLEM, BUT SINCE "WE" FEEL OBLIGATED TO SHOVE OUR HEAD UP EVERYONE ELSE'S @SSH0LE, IT'S "OURS" AS WELL.

        February 6, 2013 at 11:21 am |

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