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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 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!

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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.

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