North Korea tested another nuclear bomb, just prior to Obama’s State of the Union, where he’s expected to call for a reduction in our nuclear arsenal.
(Reuters) – North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea’s defence ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9 magnitude was registered by the U.S. Geological Survey.
The epicentre of the seismic activity, which was only one km below the Earth’s surface, was close to the North’s known nuclear test site.
“We’ve been informed by the South Koreans that there’s been a (North Korean) nuclear test,” a U.N. Security Council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
An international nuclear test monitoring agency said the location of the seismic event was “roughly congruent with” 2006 and 2008 tests carried out by the reclusive state and had “clear explosion-like characteristics”.
North Korea, which had been threatening a third nuclear test, had informed Beijing and Washington on Monday of plans to undertake a test, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
The isolated state, which is banned under U.N. Security Council resolutions from developing nuclear and missile technology, did not make any immediate comment.
They may not have made a comment, but they made a very clear statement.