Tuesday, February 12, 2013

North Korea Confirms Third Nuclear Test

North Korea has confirmed it has carried out a third nuclear test after monitoring agencies reported an "unusual seismic event".

An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale was detected just north of a site where Pyongyang conducted nuclear tests in 2009.

The South Korean Defence Ministry, which raised its military alert level after the quake, said the blast had an explosive yield of between six and seven kilotonnes.

Spokesman Kim Min Seok said it had "enormous destructive power".