North Korea Tests Its Nuclear Might
Posted on May 25, 2009
North Korea carried out its second nuclear test on Monday and said it was “on a new higher level in terms of its explosive power and technology,” according to the official Korean Central News Agency. The test sparked international condemnation and protests in South Korea, while the U.N. Security Council called an emergency session to discuss the incident.
So, North Korea has carried out what it had been threatening to do for weeks, another atomic test.
The announcement broadcast on its state media said the detonation, which rattled the Korean peninsula with the magnitude of an earthquake measuring 4.5, was “in defence of the nation, the country and socialism.”
AP photo / Lee Jin-man
South Koreans burn a mock nuclear missile during a protest in Seoul on Monday against North Korea’s nuclear test.