February 12th, 2013
05:10 AM ET

North Korea says it conducted new, more powerful nuclear test

By Jethro Mullen

North Korea said Tuesday that it had conducted a new, more powerful underground nuclear test using more sophisticated technology, jolting the already fragile security situation in Northeast Asia and drawing condemnation from around the globe.

It is the first nuclear test carried out under the North's young leader, Kim Jong Un, who appears to be sticking closely to his father's policy of building up the isolated state's military deterrent to keep its foes at bay, shrugging off the resulting international condemnation and sanctions.

It also provided a provocative reminder of a seemingly intractable foreign policy challenge for President Barack Obama ahead of his State of the Union address later Tuesday.

"The test was carried out as part of practical measures of counteraction to defend the country's security and sovereignty in the face of the ferocious hostile act of the U.S.," the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, referring to new U.S.-led sanctions on Pyongyang in the wake of a recent long-range rocket launch.

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  1. saeed

    great news now that north korea has nukes it should drop a a-bombe on usa britain ireland ghana and australia boom and everybody turns to ashes in a sea of flames.

    February 12, 2013 at 5:38 am | Reply
    • 1371 U.S.M.C.

      Really your going to list countries to bomb when you do not know a Nuke and a A-bomb are two different types of weapons.

      February 12, 2013 at 9:07 am | Reply
    • Towel Head Detection System

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      February 12, 2013 at 9:15 am | Reply

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