N. Korea Nuke Test Showed Progress

By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Jun 16, 2009 8:35 AM CDT
Tens of thousands of North Koreans rallied in Pyongyang on Monday to condemn the U.N. rebuke of the country's latest nuclear test amid concern the communist regime could conduct another one.    (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
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(Newser) – North Korea appeared to make progress with its nuclear test last month, detonating a device that was significantly more powerful than its first test in 2006, CNN reports. US officials believe the May 26 explosion was in the 3 to 4 kiloton range, a considerable step up from the first half-kiloton blast, which was widely regarded as a failure. Officials believe North Korea may also be preparing for another test.