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Even its ally, China, is upset with the country

North Korea performed its third nuclear test today, saying that it was an act of self-defense against the United States.

According to North Korea's Foreign Ministry, today's test was the first response with maximum restraint.

"If the United States continues to come out with hostility and complicates the situation, we will be forced to take stronger, second and third responses in consecutive steps," North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

North Korea is one of the most sanctioned states for its previous nuclear tests, but after today, the U.S. and its allies plan on "augmenting" these sanctions.

"The danger posed by North Korea's threatening activities warrants further swift and credible action by the international community" said U.S. President Barack Obama. "The United States will also continue to take steps necessary to defend ourselves and our allies."

North Korea has said in the past that Washington's aim was to "eliminate the political ideology and system our people have opted for."

According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, today's nuclear test measured "approximately several kilotons" while the first North Korean nuclear test in 2006 was under 1 kiloton and the second in 2009 was about 2-7 kilotons.

At first glance, U.S. security officials said the test seemed to use a plutonium-based prototype weapon (as did the previous two tests, but this was the latest version). More samples would have to be collected with the United States' WC-135 Constant Phoenix aircraft to determine if uranium was used.

North Korea's actions today has drawn criticism from many member states of the United Nations. The U.S., Japan, Russia, South Korea and China are a few that have denounced the test and urged North Korea to talks. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe even said that this test was a "grave threat."

China is especially upset by the test, since it is a permanent member of the Security Council and North Korea's main economic and diplomatic ally. North Korea's defiance just goes to show that Beijing doesn't have the power or influence it thinks it has with the country. 

In December 2012, North Korea also successfully tested an intercontinental missile, drawing more international criticism. Earlier in 2012, North Korea said

Source: Reuters

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By Creig on 2/13/2013 7:55:51 AM , Rating: 2
North Korea is the one conducting nuclear bomb tests, ICBM tests while threatening further actions and yet the U.S. is the the one "coming out with hostility and complicating the situation"?

That's a messed up country.

By tayb on 2/13/2013 11:08:01 AM , Rating: 2
How many countries has North Korea attacked or invaded in the last decade or so?

And what about the United States?

Check back through history to see where the "war of words and hostility" actually started.

By mevans336 on 2/13/2013 11:37:53 AM , Rating: 2
North Korea has shelled South Korea and killed their citizens numerous times in the past decade.

By tayb on 2/13/2013 11:39:12 AM , Rating: 1
And the US has never done such a thing! Ever!

By Sazabi19 on 2/13/2013 11:46:59 AM , Rating: 1
Because either we were attacked or our allies asked us to help. It's idiotic to think we have gone out to attack people to just conquer or get land (since the modern age). Seriously wake up.

By Nfarce on 2/13/2013 3:38:48 PM , Rating: 3
Vietnam: we came to the defense of the southern Vietnamese who wanted help in stopping the spread of Communism (which spread to Laos). That's hardly an "invasion."

Iraq: The first war (1991) was to defend and rescue Kuwait from Saddam's invasion. We stopped kicking their asses when they were beaten back to Iraq's border. The second war (2003-) was about repeat UN violations left in place from the first war and threats of WMDs with the intelligence that was gathered by an international coalition. It was/is a broad coalition of forces, not just the US. But it was a mistake in hindsight.

The DR was in the middle of a civil war and in turmoil.

Libya (the first attack in 1986) was in retaliation for terrorist bombing at a disco in Berlin. The second attack on Libya I didn't quite understand, like most things under Obama. No comment there.

Pakistan is self-evident with harboring terrorists and lying about it (where we got Bin Laden). 'Nuff said on the justification for that.

In any event, it's quite apparent we don't quite see eye-to-eye on a REASON for each of these "hostilities" as you call them. And I sure don't see America running propaganda like showing a video of nuclear missiles blowing up American cities.

By Reclaimer77 on 2/13/2013 5:02:27 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you for putting Tayb in his place. I swear that kid must be 13 years old and had his head filled with anti-American crap at some public school system.

Of course he's not the only one who basically isn't even looking at the situation, but instead using nothing more than poorly placed moral relativism to make an argument.

Seriously, you're all idiots. Any of you who think "Duur American dun invaded people in the past, so why can't Communists have nukes!!??"

That's literally how you come off here. No joke. You sound EXACTLY like that.

By Skywalker123 on 2/13/2013 5:41:48 PM , Rating: 1
We prevented free elections in Vietnam because we knew that Ho chi Minh would win. 500,000 troops isnt an invasion? More bombs dropped than all the bombs used in WW2 by both sides.
Iraq, Secretary of State Albright told Saddam we didnt care about their border disputes before he attacked. Your right about our "mistake" which cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi's.
You forgot about our backing death squads in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Martin Luther King called America the
greatest purveyor of violence in the world today" nothing has changed.

By Reclaimer77 on 2/13/2013 6:30:19 PM , Rating: 2
Martin Luther King called America the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today

Was that before or after he got shot? Ironic right!? Huh...huuuu...

*awkward silence*

too soon?

By MechanicalTechie on 2/13/2013 6:39:30 PM , Rating: 1
Amen brother

But I fear your wasting your breath.. Most Americans are so indoctrinated in their governments propaganda that they'll accept any lame excuse to continue their murdering global campaign.

By Ammohunt on 2/13/2013 8:06:11 PM , Rating: 2
Do some research and compare how many people have been liberated and now live free today because of Americas "murdering global campaign" You can start counting with Europe, Japan, Philippines, Korea, Afghanistan, Korea, Panama, Iraq, Kuwait and many others I have forgotten. Learn a little bit about history before you post such ignorant nonsense.

By MechanicalTechie on 2/13/2013 10:19:17 PM , Rating: 2
Europe - America was happy to sit on its hands while racking in massive profits selling arms to the Allies until Japan attacked Peral Harbour.

Japan - Firebombed into oblivion and nukes dropped.

Philippines - was liberated so Japan could be steamed rolled.

Korea - America only intervened because of the communist fear just like Vietnam not because of the poor Koreans or Vietnamese

Afghanistan - Are you kidding me? Seriously are you THAT stupid? destorying that country.. for what? democracy.. dont be ridiculious

Iraq - Ummm Oil, Influennce? Mean anything to you?

Kuwait - As above

Your... you know what... your just not worth it. I pity you!

By Nfarce on 2/13/2013 11:59:04 PM , Rating: 2
Whining about Iraq and oil? REALLY? Typical of the left. Here's a factoid for ya: the US gets over 1/3 of its oil between Canada and South American nations combined ALONE. In fact, we import more oil from Canada alone than all Middle Eastern nations COMBINED, <- which nearly equals the same amount as African nations we import from. The other plurality? Oh, it comes from the US itself. DRILL BABY DRILL!

Reading and learning does a mind good.

By MechanicalTechie on 2/14/2013 1:26:28 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously are you that naive?

First its not purely about consumption of oil... it just as important is the control its access. Halliburton and other US companies got massive contracts for oil distribution facilities as well as processing plants... But I guess the US had to find ways to pay for the war right?

And had you done some real research you'd know that 10 years ago... you know when the war started... the middle east was exporting much more oil that it does today..

I mean who would figure.. its not as if bombing a country to beaded glass or slapping another with economy sanitation on two major players in opec is going to affect their ability to sell oil. Its totally ridiculious to quote oil consumption from 2012.. its not related

I'm sure in your mind America is always so honest and honourable... never two faced, arrangant with an insatiable appetite for war? So why is it that millions of people hate your guts?.. Any thoughts on that one?

By Ammohunt on 2/14/2013 11:01:15 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure in your mind America is always so honest and honourable... never two faced, arrangant with an insatiable appetite for war? So why is it that millions of people hate your guts?.. Any thoughts on that one?

vs. lazy, ignorant, passive aggressive, wimpy countries(All of Europe)? We have always been the enforcement arm of the UN because most other countries either don't give a crap about human rights or they don't have the balls to stand up for what's right. No country is perfect but to say America likes war or lusts for it is both wrong and extremely ignorant; take it from a former warrior and a direct descendent of those that risked there lives to liberate millions of Americas,Europeans and Asians. If you had a spine you would understand.

By StormyKnight on 2/14/2013 3:19:29 AM , Rating: 2
And the US has never done such a thing! Ever!

I cannot in recent history recall when the United States has ever shelled South Korea. Can you show me when this happened?

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