Diplomats around the globe are spazzing out and drafting meaningless letters of condemnation:
North Korea state media said the country’s military conducted a successful underground nuclear test early Monday, confirming earlier reports of a suspected test based on seismic data.
The news triggered an emergency security meeting among South Korea officials and forced a temporary halt to trading on South Korea’s main stock market.
News reports cited North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency as saying the nation had “successfully conducted another underground nuclear test on May 25 as part of its measures aimed at strengthening its self-defense nuclear deterrent in every way.”
South Korean officials said earlier that it suspected a nuclear test had taken place after detecting an “artificial earthquake.”
The U.S. Geological Survey reported an earthquake of magnitude of 4.7 on the Richter scale, centered about 230 miles northeast of Pyongyang. The epicenter is in the same area where North Korea conducted its previous nuclear test in October 2006.