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North Korea confirmed it conducted a successful third nuclear test on Tuesday, its most powerful yet, immediately drawing condemnation from world leaders, according to news reports.
South Korean seismologists picked up “artificial” seismic activity around noon Korea time, which was consistent with the detonation of a nuclear device. North Korea’s state news agency later confirmed the successful test.
Based on the 4.9 magnitude of the tremor, the South Korean military estimated the power of the device to be approximately equal to six to seven kilotons, making it more powerful than the previous tests conducted by North Korea in 2006 and 2009.
The United Nations called for an emergency session Tuesday morning of its security council — of which North Korean ally China is a member — and UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon was quick to condemn the North Korean test, saying he was “gravely concerned about the negative impact of this deeply destabilizing act on regional stability as well as the global efforts for nuclear non-proliferation.”
President Barack Obama on Tuesday called the test a “highly provocative act” which represented a threat to U.S. security.
“The danger posed by North Korea’s threatening activities warrants further swift and credible action by the international community,” said Obama, in a statement. “The United States will also continue to take steps necessary to defend ourselves and our allies.”