North Korean nuclear test puts U.S. and other nations on alert

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North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test Tuesday morning, triggering the U.N. Security Council to hold an emergency meeting, news sources report.

CNN reports that the test, which yielded "several kilotons", occurred near P'unggye, according to the U.S. director of national intelligence. It was the first test of its kind to be carried out by the new leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un.

According to an article by CNN, news of the test was first discovered when U.S. seismologists reported activity with a magnitude of 5.1 in the region of the test, which is an area not usually prone to earthquakes or related disturbances. Kim Min-seok, a spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry, told CNN that the magnitude produced by this test suggests that the blast was more powerful than North Korea's two previous tests.

North Korea said in an official statement that the test was prompted by U.S. hostility, reports ABC News.

ABC News reports that in response to the test, President Obama said, "The danger posed by North Korea's threatening activities warrants further swift and credible action by the international community."

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