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North Korea confirms third nuclear test

The Washington Post, 12 February 2013
Publié le : 12 février 2013
 Chico Harlan 
SEOUL — North Korea on Tuesday conducted an underground explosion of what it called a “miniaturized” nuclear weapon, testing a technology that could theoretically be paired with a long-range missile to threaten the United States.

Pyongyang confirmed the test nearly three hours after unusual seismic activity was detected near the secretive police state’s mountainous test site. The test follows weeks of threats from the North to build up its nuclear capacity and carry out an “all-out action of high intensity.”

Following a flurry of activity at the site — where tests were previously conducted in 2006 and 2009 — North Korea recently removed most of the men and equipment from the location, an apparent sign the test was about to be conducted, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. A Japanese government spokesman said the United States government was informed Monday that a blast could be imminent.

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