North Korea conducts third nuclear test

North Korea conducts third nuclear test

North Korea conducts third nuclear test

Updated 12 February 2013, 22:24 AEST

Pyongyang has confirmed the magnitude 4.8 earthquake recorded in North Korea earlier this afternoon was, in fact, the country's third nuclear test.

News of the test has prompted swift condemnation from the international community and has once again raised the prospect of an escalation in tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The test was conducted against the express wishes of North Korea's only real ally in the region, China, and has been described by the US President Barack Obama as a highly provocative act.
 
For some analysis of the implications of this move we're joined by Rory Metcalf, Program Director for International Security with the Lowy Institute.
 
Presenter: Tracee Hutchison
Speaker: Rory Metcalf, Program Director for International Security with the Lowy Institute
 

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