North Korea Nuclear Test

May 25, 2009 12:13:43 PM PDT
North Korea is receiving world condemnation with its announcement of a powerful underground nuclear test and launch of three missiles Monday. Russia's defense ministry confirmed an atomic explosion in northeastern North Korea, comparable to the bombs that flattened Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

President Obama says North Korea is directly and recklessly challenging the international community. South Korea says it's a threat.

North Korea warned last month that it would restart its rogue nuclear program, conduct an atomic test and carry out long-range missile tests.

North Korea is believed to have enough weaponized plutonium for at least a half-dozen atomic bombs.

However, experts say scientists have not yet mastered the technology needed to mount a nuclear device onto a long-range missile.

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