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Overnight, North Korea announced that it successfully tested a miniaturized nuclear device underground, sparking international condemnation. Even China, North Korea’s ally, condemned the test.
According to USA Today, the country’s state media said that the test was safe and a response to “outrageous” U.S. hostility. It claims that the U.S. is getting in the way of its plans to launch satellites, likely referring to the sanctions imposed on the country after the December rocket launch.
President Obama issued a stern warning in response, saying this morning, “The danger posed by North Korea's threatening activities warrants further swift and credible action by the international community. The United States will also continue to take steps necessary to defend ourselves and our allies.”
ABC News reports that the president, who will be giving his State of the Union tonight, added, “The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and steadfast in our defense commitments to allies in the region.”
The test is likely testing China’s patience with North Korea and its new leader, Kim Jong-Un, notes The AP. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged North Korea to “abide by its denuclearization commitments, and to refrain from further actions that could lead to a deterioration of the situation...Safeguarding Korean Peninsula and East Asian peace and stability serves the shared interests of all parties.”
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called it “deplorable” and the Security Council will have an emergency meeting today.
South Korea said that the seismic force created by the test was estimated at 6 -7 kilotons.