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    N. Korea Conducts Third Nuke Test

    Activists from an anti-North Korea civic group burn placards of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a protest against North Korea nuclear test in Seoul on February 12, 2013. North Korea staged its most powerful nuclear test yet, claiming a breakthrough with a "miniaturised" device in a striking act of defiance to global powers including its sole patron China. AFP PHOTO / KIM JAE-HWAN        (Photo credit should read KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Protests in Seoul against N. Korea's nuclear test. (Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP/Getty),KIM JAE-HWAN

    First a rocket launch, now a nuclear test. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un continues to defy U.N. resolutions and put everyone in the region on edge. This time, the nuclear detonation drew condemnation even from China, the hermit kingdom's only major ally, but it's not yet clear whether China will tighten sanctions. President Obama called the test “highly provocative,” one that “undermines regional stability.” World leaders of other nations echoed the United States’ outrage, with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denouncing it as a “clear and grave violation” of Security Council resolutions. The test appears to be North Korea's most powerful yet, but the country is still years away from being able to miniaturize devices for missiles.

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