North Korea has successfully detonated a nuclear device in the Northeastern province of Hamgyong, causing an explosion with a magnitude of 5.1, geological surveys in China and the U.S. said.
The detonation originated at a depth of about 1 kilometer in Kilju County, North Hamgyong Province, 378km (235mi) NE of Pyongyang at 1157KST.
“We can confirm that the test was conducted safely and perfectly at a high level, did not negatively affect the surrounding environment and was conducted with a higher-yield, smaller, lighter atomic device” North Korea’s official state mouthpiece the KCNA said.
South Korean officials are conducting emergency briefings, Japan is angry, President Obama has issued a statement, and China is standing by.
South Korea’s president-elect Park Geun-hye has said that the “government will not tolerate a nuclear North Korea,” which means…?
For more, here’s New York Times:
The test is the first under the country’s new leader, Kim Jong-un, and an open act of defiance to the Chinese, who urged the young leader not to risk open confrontation by setting off the weapon. In the past few days a Chinese newspaper that is often reflective of the government’s thinking said the North would “pay a heavy price” if it proceeded with the test. But it was unclear how China would act at the United Nations Security Council as it convenes Tuesday.
Keep an eye on NKNews.org for now. More later.