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North Korean Nukes

North Korea tested a nuclear device underground earlier today.

It said the underground test, carried out in defiance of international warnings, was a success and had not resulted in any leak of radiation.

When it announced the test, KCNA described it as an “historic event that brought happiness to our military and people”.

The hermit kingdom’s neighbours are less than joyful:

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the test was “unpardonable”, while China denounced the action as “brazen”.

South Korea said it would “sternly respond”.

What’s next?

The White House said the test, if confirmed, would constitute “a provocative act”.

“We expect the UN Security Council to take immediate actions to respond to this unprovoked act said spokesman Tony Snow.

Watch this space.

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