North Korea Performs 3rd Nuke Test
Obama: Time for 'swift action'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 12, 2013 2:28 AM CST
Updated Feb 12, 2013 7:58 AM CST
South Korean soldiers watch computer screens following a report about a possible nuclear test conducted by North Korea, at the Seoul train station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

(Newser) – In open defiance of the UN, North Korea has executed its third nuclear test, prompting global condemnation among leaders from the US to Russia to Japan. The latest test involved a "miniaturized and lighter nuclear device with greater explosive force than previously" in 2006 and 2009, the country said. Calling the test a "highly provocative act," President Obama has urged "swift and credible action by the international community," and the UN Security Council is planning a meeting this morning to address the issue, the New York Times reports. Pyongyang said afterward that the test was a "first response" to US hostility and warned of unspecified "second and third measures of greater intensity."

The test has also angered China, Pyongyang's one major ally, Reuters notes. It's "hugely insulting to China, which now can be expected to follow through with threats to impose sanctions," says an analyst. Thus far, China has cited "firm opposition" to a test conducted "heedless of widespread international opposition," the AP reports. According to South Korea, seismic activity suggests the explosion measured some 6 to 7 kilotons—more than previous tests but less than the 20 kilotons detonated in Hiroshima. Seismic tests by several countries suggested the test, which the North called "safe and perfect," occurred near the location of its predecessors; the US Geological Survey says it was just a kilometer underground. Over at the Washington Post, the crack staff has found the exact test site—on Google Maps, just off "Nuclear Test Rd."

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Feb 13, 2013 6:24 AM CST
Great news for the peasants without food or heating oil.
Feb 12, 2013 11:04 PM CST
This is my Nuke South Korea hat.You like?
Feb 12, 2013 8:37 PM CST
Let's be clear here: I'm pretty sure the government of the DPRK is a classic example of national paranoia, AND: Are you guys aware that the United States and South Korea hold military exercises together? Are you aware that the biggest one is a yearly dress rehearsal for "regime change" in the DPRK and that it includes a readiness exercise for the nuclear weapons forces? Here is a quote from Tim Shorrock in an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy, NOW today. Shorrock is an independent journalist who's covered Korea for 30 years, who lived in South Korea. This is his description of ONE of the joint exercises: "There’s one called "OPLAN 5098" ... which is basically a practice run of regime change in North Korea. It’s ostensibly to prepare for a collapse of the regime. But what they do is they practice first-strike nuclear capability. They practice invading North Korea. They practice taking over the territory of North Korea and having South Korea-U.S. forces ... take over it while there’s a crisis there." Now, South Korea and the DPRK are at war with each other and have been since the middle of last century, and the DPRK gets to watch the most powerful military in the world (and the ONLY one that has actually used a nuke) practice using nukes on them in partnership with its "enemy" EVERY YEAR. Y'know, you ain't paranoid if they're really out t'gitcha!!