North Korea met with international condemnation after nuclear test

Move viewed as test of Kim Jong-un’s power


People watch a TV news in Osaka, Japan, showing a North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with letters saying " North Korea, Third nuclear test" Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (Kyodo News/AP Photo)

North Korea has tested a nuclear weapon for the third time, in a move that is being met with international condemnation.

The test occurred Tuesday at 02:57 GMT, when seismic activity was detected by monitoring nations. Several hours later, broadcasters on North Korean state-run television confirmed that a nuclear test had, indeed, occurred.

“It was confirmed that the nuclear test, that was carried out at a high level in a safe and perfect manner using a miniaturized and lighter nuclear device with greater explosive force than previously, did not pose any negative impact on the surrounding ecological environment,” said the broadcaster.

The move comes after the country used its state-run television, in January, to warn of coming tests and to say that the United States is an eventual target for long-range missiles.

Nations were quick to speak out against the test.

“The North Korean regime’s reckless disregard for the global will is again on display,” said the press secretary for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. “This apparent test — reportedly North Korea’s third — is provocative and marks a serious, misguided threat to regional peace and security.

“Canada will work with our international partners to pursue all appropriate actions and sanctions against the rogue regime in North Korea.”

Baird is expected to address the test later Tuesday morning.

Neighbouring South Korea said, in a statement, “the nuclear test poses a direct challenge to the whole international community as well as an unacceptable threat to the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia.”

Even China, which is seen as a main ally to North Korea, spoke against the test. In a statement, the Chinese government expressed its “firm opposition” to the test, but also urged a measured approach in dealing with the nation.

In a statement, President Barack Obama called the move a “highly provocative act” and said that the United States will take steps to defend itself and its allies.

North Korea last conducted nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. This is the first test under Kim Jong-un since he took over leadership of the country after his father, Kim Jong-il, died in 2011. It is being viewed as a move meant to showcase Kim Jong-un’s power.

The UN Security Council has called an emergency meeting to discuss possible new sanctions against North Korea, reports Reuters.

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North Korea met with international condemnation after nuclear test

  1. Glad to see Jr.’s a chip off the ol’ block… Maybe we’ll have better luck next time around, in 40 years or so when this one is retired…

    • Or maybe we could stop telling them what to do, and bring them into the world community

      • Sorry Emily, I usually agree with you, but North Korea can’t be reasoned with. They’ve learned that they can benefit more from their constant provocations and belligerence. If any country on Earth were truly deserving of having a little “regime change” forced down their throats, it’s them. The problem is that they would level large parts of South Korea, and probably Japan as well, before the government collapsed. I wouldn’t even put it past them to detonate a small nuke inside their own territory. But even if they didn’t go that far, their standing army consists of over a million troops, and some estimates put the number of reserve forces at between 4 to 5 million.

        If you haven’t yet already, please read “Escape From Camp 14”. It’s the story of the only person known to have been born in a NK prison camp to ever escape. We throw the word “evil” around a lot, but there is no other description for the horror that North Korea subjects its people to.

        All of the goodwill, incentives, gifts and outright bribes in the world have never encouraged the government in Pyongyang to behave responsibly for very long, and none ever will.

        “Some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

        -Alfred Pennyworth

        • It never matters what ‘enemy’ we’re dealing with, we always think they ‘can’t be reasoned with’ or ‘the only thing they understand is violence’

          Well they’re human beings, like the rest of us….and they want the same things, and they’re capable of the same things……… whether good or bad.

          Bring them into the world community, don’t be telling them what to do, when what they want is Respect. They are not children to be bought, snubbed, patronized, or ordered about.

          We’ve said this same stuff about the ‘Indians’, the French, the Germans, the Japanese, the Soviets, the Chinese……and it’s all just psyche-talk to build us up for war.

          Because we’re all the same.

          • I don’t disagree that the average North Korean, does want the same things as the rest of us. Namely enough food, security, and the freedom to have a decent life; all things that they do not currently enjoy.

            But I have nothing in common with the monsters and criminals that run that country, although it’s actually more of one giant, open-air prison camp at this point. We are most definitely NOT the same.

            Don’t let good intentions and idealism blind you to the real nature of the beast. When the regime does eventually fall, the stories that will emerge (some are already getting out) will make Stalin’s gulags look like cushy summer camps.

            “The Party does not seek power to do anything good, but simply to revel in that power: “Always, Winston, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.”

            -from ‘1984’

            And that’s why after decades of the west, China, Japan and South Korea constantly caving in to their demands, supplying food and fuel aid, in addition to considerable financial support, they continue to flip the bird at the international community. They don’t want “respect”, at least not in the sense that you think, and they have no interest in being a part of the global order – None. As long as the well-connected elite in Pyongyang can maintain their grip on power, they are more than fine with being a pariah state. And no amount of kindness, money, or “respect” will change that.

          • You seem to think that being ‘north Koreans’ makes some kind of difference….it does not. They are the same as South Koreans, and the same as everyone else anywhere on earth.

            There is no ‘beast’….and nothing is occurring in N Korea that hasn’t happened to others elsewhere. There is nothing new under the sun.

            Human beings can be very ugly, anywhere, anytime.

            Paul Bernardo, Clifford Olson, Robert Pickton.

          • That is a false equivalency. The difference is that those scumbags who kidnapped, tortured and murdered their victims were apprehended, and punished by the state. In North Korea, the kidnappers, torturers and murderers ARE the state.

            Ask a North Korean defector living in Seoul if it makes any difference. I bet they tell you it does. North Korea is most definitely NOT the same as South Korea, or most other places on earth for that matter.

          • All humans have the same DNA.

            We are all the same.

          • Except for Albertans, right?

          • LOL My daughter was born in Alberta, but I got her out safely before she became a Con.

          • “the kidnappers, torturers and murderers ARE the state”

            Be sure to check out “Zero Dark Thirty”, then you can cheer them on…

          • No doubt there is an unjustifiable pecking order among nations. Like the gold standard and the monarchy, it is a barbarous relic…

          • Yeah, and no doubt if they opened up to trade and we could make some money off them, they’d be seen as wonderful charming people.

      • True. More needs to be done to build bridges. Isolating them more will just make them more paranoid, which probably won’t produce a desirable outcome (somehow Jim Jones and David Koresh come to mind…)

  2. Yes. Of course. Worldwide condemnation. That’ll teach the stupid, meglomaniacal little runt that wer’e serious. .

  3. Or maybe we just continue to pat them on the heads and say “Tut,tut please don’t do that again or we will give you a timeout”. Ok EmilyOne please put in your request to NK gov’t to go over there and express your thoughts of rainbows and skittles. Please do I urge you.

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