North Korea Performs Third Nuclear Test

Published 02/12 2013 10:10AM

Updated 02/12 2013 10:13AM

North Korea declared Tuesday that it had carried out a test of a nuclear bomb after the detonation was detected by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The explosion was registered as a 5.1-magnitude seismic event by the USGS at 9:57 p.m. ET Monday.

The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a statement that it had assessed that North Korea "probably conducted an underground nuclear explosion in the vicinity of P'unggyethe" with a yield of "several kilotons."

In a statement, President Barack Obama described the test as a "highly provocative act."

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