North Korea defies the world
North Korea evoked almost universal condemnation from the world’s big powers on Monday after defying international warnings and proclaiming it had tested its first nuclear bomb.
The announcement followed an explosion in a northern province bordering China and Russia at 10.36am local time.
It was measured by US and South Korean geologists as an earthquake of magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale.
The official North Korean Central News Agency described the test as an “historic event that brought happiness to our military and people” and said there had been no radioactive leakage from the site.
Intelligence experts and scientists were on Monday poring over seismic and other data but said they could not yet confirm a nuclear explosion. However, several observers said that the seismic data suggested the explosion was significantly smaller than would have been expected from a plutonium bomb and could have been a dud.
The proclaimed test prompted an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York that looked likely to lead to punitive sanctions being imposed on Kim Jong-il’s regime.
It's time for China to step up and act like the supper power they claim to be!