North Korea Conducts Third Nuclear Test, Upsets U.N.
February 12, 2013 6:23 PM
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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
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RE: Anyone Else
2/13/2013 3:01:49 PM
I think you are confusing "good damn reason" with "excuse."
Do you really agree with the idiot who said this?
"In the early 2000's South and North Korea had the Sunshine policy to try to promote peace and stability in the region but Bush had to use his "Axis of Evil" speech which made North Korea paranoid and eventually started the nuclear weapons program."
You are an absolute imbecile if you don't think both North Korea and Iran already had confirmed nuclear programs before the "Axis of Evil" speech. It's precisely why North Korea was named together with Iran and Iraq and precisely why we chose to make an example out of the only one who couldn't possibly hit back with nukes. The "bad intelligence" was simply Iraq using deliberately faulty evidence to intimidate Iran. We could (and did) see right through it even though we used it to make the public justification of the war (technically, kicking the inspectors out and violating the terms of surrender from the first Gulf War was all we needed). Before it emboldened them and backfired, it actually worked: Both Iran and North Korea suspended their programs. It isn't fantasy. We know when it was suspended and when it was resumed. It's documented history.
Were you just an oblivious kid while all this was happening?! It's really as simple as this:
We hoped to avoid a nuclear war with Iran or North Korea by making an example out of Iraq except now the world knows that Iraq didn't really have a nuclear program that *Iran and North Korea* originally thought they had. We knew all along.
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