16:29 12 February 2013
A meeting will be held on Tuesday by the UN Security Council following North Korea carrying out a third nuclear test. The country had been warned by the United Nations with regards to this previously.
South Korea, Japan and the US recorded ‘artificial’ seismic activity according to reports, with North Korea confirming that a nuclear test was carried out underground which involved a ‘miniaturised’ devise.
“A third nuclear test has been successfully staged” Korean Central News Agency said.
“The nuclear test was conducted as part of measures to protect our national security and sovereignty against the reckless hostility of the United States that violated our republic's right for a peaceful satellite launch.”
The US has referred to North Korea’s latest test as being a ‘highly provocative act’ that could potentially be seen as a threat to security.
As of time of press, it is thought it is unclear whether officials can tell if the device was ‘miniaturised’. And there are also claims that this third test is the strongest one yet compared to the previous two tests; which were carried out in 2006 and 2009.
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