North Korea May Have Conducted Third Nuclear Test

An “unnatural” earthquake may indicate more nuclear testing in North Korea.

Although there has not been any conformation from Pyongyang, the Associated Press reports that North Korea may have “conducted a widely anticipated nuclear test.” After what has been called an “explosion-like” earthquake, which global monitoring agencies claim was not a natural occurrence, the South Korean Defense Ministry has raised its military alert level. They said they are “trying to determine whether it was a test.” As the AP points out,

A nuclear test would also be a challenge to the U.N. Security Council, which recently punished Pyongyang for launching a long-range rocket seen as a covert test of ballistic missile technology. In condemning that December rocket launch and imposing more sanctions on Pyongyang, the council had demanded a stop to future launches and ordered North Korea to respect a ban on nuclear activity — or face “significant action” by the U.N.

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, which monitors nuclear tests on a global scale, said it detected an “unusual seismic event” in North Korea. Their executive secretary, Tibor Tóth said, “The event shows clear explosion-like characteristics and its location is roughly congruent with the 2006 and 2009 DPRK nuclear tests. If confirmed as a nuclear test, this act would constitute a clear threat to international peace and security, and challenges efforts made to strengthen global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, in particular by ending nuclear testing.”

The magnitude of the earthquake in question was between 4.9 and 5.2 according to US, Japanese, and South Korean seismic monitoring agencies, and a government spokesman for Japan, Yoshihide Suga said, “We think it is possible it [the quake] came about as a result of a nuclear test by North Korea from looking at past cases.”

Several global agencies are still looking into the possible cause of the earthquake.


Photo: AP/File

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  1. wellokaythen says:

    Thank God it’s not a “nukular” test. Those are especially dangerous….

  2. Has anyone else noticed that North Korea is like Glenn Beck or the Kardashians? Every now and then they throw a tantrum and do something stupid just to get some attention.

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