This is bad news.
NKorea confirms ‘powerful’ nuclear test
SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea said it had carried out a second and more powerful nuclear test, despite international pressure to rein in its nuclear programmes after years of disarmament talks.
The communist state, which stunned the world by testing an atomic bomb for the first time in October 2006, had threatened another test after the UN Security Council censured it following a long-range rocket launch in April.
The North “successfully conducted one more underground nuclear test on May 25 as part of the measures to bolster up its nuclear deterrent for self-defence in every way,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
“The current nuclear test was safely conducted on a new higher level in terms of its explosive power and technology,” it said.
Across the border in South Korea, President Lee Myung-Bak convened an emergency National Security Council meeting for later in the day, and both South Korea and Japan announced the formation of government crisis teams.
Back in 2006, they made a big deal about testing their assembled device, which probably fizzled. They didn’t warn anybody this time.
South Korea and Japan reported seismic activity at 09:50 KST (00:50 UTC). The United States Geological Survey reported a 4.7 magnitude earthquake at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 mi). The USGS put the center of the tremor about 75 kilometres (47 mi) northwest of Kimchaek and 375 kilometres (233 mi) northeast of the capital of Pyongyang, within a few miles of the country’s 2006 nuclear test. The Japan Meteorological Agency measured the seismic activity at magnitude 5.3. The Korea Institute of Geoscience & Mineral Resources reported seismic activity in the same area but far stronger than in 2006.