North Korea conducts nuclear test

By WEEK Reporter

North Korea conducts nuclear test

February 12, 2013 Updated Feb 12, 2013 at 3:48 PM CDT



WASHINGTON, DC -- The United Nations Security Council has condemned a nucler test conducted by North Korea on Tuesday.

This was North Korea's third nuclear test since 2006, but the first since Kim Jong Un took power in 2011.  Experts say that the underground explosion could move North Korea one step closer to their goal of having a nuclear warhead.

Pressident Obama was quick to condemn the nuclear test.  The US Ambassador to South Korea delivered the president's message to the South Korean government.

"This is a very provocative act that undermines regional peace and stability. And I think it would be critical for us to coordinate very closely with you and our colleagues in South Korea going forward," said US Ambassador to South Korea Sung Kim.

The United States has about 30,000 troops in South Korea to support the country's 650,000 strong armed forces.

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