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Tue 12 Feb 2013 to be announced

North Korea launches further nuclear tests

  • By Mohammed Sheriff and 1 other
  • Last update: 2 years ago
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

North Korea carried out tests in 2006 and 2009

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North Korea proceeds with its plan to engage in a third test of its nuclear program.

The move comes after the isolated state responded defiantly to a unanimous UN resolution which tightened sanctions and condemned a missile test carried out in December last year.

While the country played down its December missile launch as a tribute to the recently deceased "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il, it has made it clear that the new nuclear test is an act of aggression.

"We are not disguising the fact that the various satellites and long-range rockets that we will fire and the high-level nuclear test we will carry out are targeted at the United States," North Korea's National Defence Commission said.

No explanation about the meaning of "high-level" nuclear tests was provided by the commission, but experts suggest that the phrase used refers to a device made from highly enriched uranium, rather than the plutonium-based devices used in previous tests.

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