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North Korea Conducts Nuclear Test

Jennifer Dodd

North Korea Conducts Nuclear Test

CREATED Feb. 12, 2013

Hong Kong- North Korean officials said Tuesday, a more powerful underground nuclear test using more sophisticated technology has been conducted, CNN reported Tuesday morning.  

This is the first nuclear test carried out under Kim Jong Un's leadership. "The test was carried out as part of practical measures of counteraction to defend the country's security and sovereignty in the face of the ferocious hostile act of the U.S.," the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, referring to new U.S.-led sanctions on Pyongyang in the wake of a recent long-range rocket launch.  

Still, despite the North's claims of progress Tuesday, analysts say they believe it is still years away from having the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead on a missile.