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North Korea has conducted a third nuclear test for the apparent goal of obtaining a warhead that could threaten the US.
You can see the range of the country's missiles has evolved over the years and now theoretically.
Chief Washington correspondent James Rosen is at the State Department on today's test.
If the test was conducted in a safe and perfect weight on a high level with the use of a smaller and like a box.
Unlike previous ones you would grade explosive power.
And all that even the alarming claim about the use of a miniaturized nuclear device which couldn't immediately be confirmed.
Appear to be true in an emergency morning session the UN Security Council went through what US ambassador Susan Rice called the usual drill.
We and others have a number of further measures that we will be discussing.
With that council members in various fears.
-- will not only tighten the existing measures that we -- to augment.
The sanctions regime that is already quite strong.
Implemented in 1874.
And one 87.
Those were the numbers attached to prior Security Council resolutions that failed to halt North Korea's nuclear march.
In Washington President Obama called South Korea's outgoing president Lee -- back while secretary of state John Kerry -- counterparts in Seoul Tokyo and Beijing.
For the past year.
All of us have been sending signals including China.
To use the new leadership in the DP -- leadership it's now more than a year old.
That there is another set of choices that could be made.
But the Democratic People's Republic of Korea the Stalinist dictatorship now led by thirty year old Kim Jong-un continues to starve its people to feed its nuclear program.
The US Geological Survey recorded a seismic event roughly twice the magnitude of the north's second nuclear test back in 2000 -- My sources in South Korea tell me that this it.
Detonation is different.
Instead of it being an experiment like in the past it appears to be the north Koreans have perfected a operational nuclear weapons.
It's exploded a powerful device perhaps a miniature one.
And it had successfully tested a three stage long range missile clearly within five years maybe even three.
That north Koreans will be able to threaten any American city.
A key questions still unanswered is whether the north's nuclear test was powered by reprocess plutonium that's what the first two tests.
Or whether this represents a stunning advance in the -- work with a enriched uranium.
A program that wasn't even disclosed until twenty -- -- James -- live -- the State Department James thank you as we can.
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