Graphic: North Korea successfully tests 7 kiloton nuclear device
North Korea has confirmed that it has carried out its third nuclear test, after international monitors detected seismic activity close to the nation’s nuclear test site.
The North Korean regime said it had “successfully” detonated a miniaturised nuclear device with “greater explosive force” in an underground test.
This is the third test by the secretive regime in the last ten years. The first test took place in 2006, and was estimated to have a yield of only one kiloton.
Today’s test is approximately seven times larger, and the miniaturised design of the device could enable it to fit on long range missiles currently under development.
North Korea tested a three stage rocket last year which has the potential for reaching the far west coast of the US.