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World fury at North Korea nuclear test

North Korea on Monday tested a nuclear bomb many times more powerful than its first in 2006, angering enemies and allies alike and prompting UN Security Council members to call an emergency session.

The hardline communist state This article is about a form of government in which the state operates under the control of a Communist Party. For information regarding communism as a form of society, as an ideology advocating that form of society, or as a popular movement, see the communism article. , which stunned the world with its first atomic bomb atomic bomb or A-bomb, weapon deriving its explosive force from the release of atomic energy through the fission (splitting) of heavy nuclei (see nuclear energy). The first atomic bomb was produced at the Los Alamos, N.Mex.  test in October 2006, made good on its threat to stage another test after the Security Council censured it for an April rocket launch A rocket launch is the first phase of the flight of a rocket. For orbital spaceflights, or for launches into interplanetary space, rockets are launched from a launch pad, which is usually a fixed location on the ground but may also be on a floating platform such as the San Marco .

The North "successfully conducted one more underground nuclear test on May 25 as part of the measures to bolster up Verb 1. bolster up - support and strengthen; "bolster morale"

reenforce, reinforce - make stronger; "he reinforced the concrete"
 its nuclear deterrent A nuclear deterrent is the phrase used to refer to a country's nuclear weapons arsenal, when considered in the context of deterrence theory.

Deterrence theory holds that nuclear weapons are intended to deter other states from attacking with their nuclear weapons, through the
 for self-defence in every way," the official Korean Central News Agency The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is the state news agency of North Korea and has existed since December 5, 1946. The reports mainly consist of propaganda, the personality cult of Kim Jong-il and his father.

KCNA is headquartered in the capital city of Pyongyang.
 (KCNA KCNA Korean Central News Agency
KCNA Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance
KCNA King County Nurses Association (Seattle, Washington)
KCNA Potassium Channel, Voltage-Gated, Shaker-Related Subfamily
KCNA Kelly Canyon Nordic Area
) said.

"The current nuclear test was safely conducted on a new higher level in terms of its explosive power and technology," it said.

The foreign ministry in China, the North's most important ally, said it was "resolutely opposed" to the test.

"China strongly demands that North Korea keeps its promise of denuclearisation and ceases all actions that could further worsen the situation," it said a statement.

Russia's foreign ministry said the test threatened regional stability, violated the Security Council's will and impeded non-proliferation efforts.

China and Russia -- both part of a six-nation forum working to persuade the North to give up its nuclear programmes -- had in the past resisted efforts at the UN to punish the North harshly over its nuclear activities.

The force of Monday's blast was between 10 and 20 kilotons, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 Russia's defence ministry, vastly more than the estimated one-kiloton blast three years ago.

Japan's Meteorological me·te·or·ol·o·gy  
The science that deals with the phenomena of the atmosphere, especially weather and weather conditions.

[French météorologie, from Greek
 Agency said that based on recorded seismic activity, the energy level of the test was four times bigger than the last one.

Baek Seung-Joo of the Korea Institute for Defence Analyses told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol.  that if rough estimates by some private analysts are right, "the power of the second blast is comparable to the bombs which hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki."

The Security Council, which sanctioned the North for its previous test, planned to meet Monday afternoon in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of

The North also test-fired three short-range missiles Monday, South Korea's military said.

"North Korea's attempts to develop nuclear weapons, as well as its ballistic missile programme, constitute a threat to international peace and security," US President Barack Obama said in a statement.

"The danger posed by North Korea's threatening activities warrants action by the international community."

The North informed the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  and China in advance of the test, a South Korean official said on condition of anonymity.

South Korea called its neighbour's atomic test an "intolerable provocation" and a serious threat to regional peace and put its military on heightened alert.

Japan's Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone Hirofumi Nakasone (中曽根 弘文 Nakasone Hirohumi, b. November 28, 1945) is a Japanese politician from Takasaki, Gunma. He was Minister of Education under Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori. He is former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone's son.  said that his country, as the only "atomic-bombed nation", needed to take stern action.

Japan asked UN Security Council chair Russia to call an emergency meeting.

The KCNA report did not say where the nuclear test was conducted. South Korean officials said a tremor was detected around the northeastern town of Kilju, near where the first test was staged.

Japan, South Korea and the United States -- along with China and Russia -- have been negotiating since 2003 to persuade the North to abandon its nuclear programmes in exchange for energy aid and security guarantees.

In a 2007 pact the North agreed to dismantle its nuclear plants. The deal bogged down last December over ways to verify its declared nuclear activities.

In April the North fired a long-range rocket for what it called a satellite launch. Many nations saw it as a disguised ballistic missile test, while the Security Council condemned the launch and tightened sanctions.

A defiant North vowed to conduct a second nuclear test as well as more ballistic missile launches unless the world body apologised.

It also announced that it was quitting the six-way talks and would restart its plutonium-making programme.

Analysts believe the North has currently stockpiled enough plutonium for six to 12 small nuclear bombs. The first test was seen as only partially successful.

KCNA said Monday's test had resolved "scientific and technological problems arising in further increasing the power of nuclear weapons and steadily developing nuclear technology."

North Korea said Monday's test would help defend the country and "ensure peace and security on the Korean peninsula and the region."

In remarks made at the White House before heading to a Memorial Day ceremony, Obama said North Korea's actions were "deepening its own isolation and inviting stronger international pressure."

Pyongyang has expressed disappointment at the Obama administration, calling it no better than its predecessor.

"The second test was earlier than expected and reflects the North's growing anger at Washington," said Kim Yong-Hyun
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Young-Hyun (born 13 May 1978) is a male badminton player from South Korea.

Kim competed for Korea in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in men's doubles with partner Yim Bang-Eun.
 of Seoul's Dongguk University.

"Or some internal problems may be forcing Pyongyang to take a strong attitude."

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, 67, was widely reported to have suffered a stroke last August, prompting speculation overseas about the succession. The North's position has noticeably hardened since then.
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