North Korea on February 12 conducted a third nuclear test blast, drawing immediate global condemnation. USIP has several recent resources discussing the North's proliferation activities.
North Korea today (February 12) conducted its third nuclear test explosion, a long-anticipated move that prompted immediate global condemnation and runs afoul of United Nations Security Council resolutions. The test blast was the first during the rule of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a son of the previous leader Kim Jong-il. Previous tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009, and the North said today that the new test produced "greater explosive force" and relied on a miniaturized nuclear device.