This is not the first time North Korea has claimed a successful nuke test, but the previous test in 2006 was deemed a failure by the United States based on the available data.
This most recent claim is far more credible than the 2006 claim, which only measured at a magnitude-3.6.
North Korea also test-fired a short-range missile within hours of the alleged nuclear detonation bringing to fruition the nation's April 29th threat to "perform nuclear tests and test-fire ballistic missiles."
Granted, North Korea often claims things that are absurd, many of which can be found on Kim Jong Il's Wikipedia page, such as
"Also an apparent golfer, North Korean state media reports that Kim routinely shoots three or four holes-in-one per round. His official biography also claims Kim has composed six operas and enjoys staging elaborate musicals. Kim also refers to himself as an Internet expert."
Given that nuclear claims and very loud saber-rattling are far more concerning than whether the "Dear Leader" can make a few holes-in-one each round of golf, the United States is taking things very seriously as it investigates the veracity of the claim.
When North Korea launched a long-range missile less than two months ago in a "flagrant violation" of a 2006 UN resolution banning ballistic missile tests by North Korea, Barack Obama requested a "strong response" from the world.
Days later a coalition of 25 willing nations crossed the DMZ into North Korea, ousting its psychopathic leader and bringing freedom and hope to 23 million previously oppressed people.
No wait. That never happened.
Days later nothing had happened.
Months later nothing had happened.
That is, until North Korea test fired another ballistic missile in violation of UN resolution, and claimed to detonate a nuclear bomb. Somehow I doubt that was the "strong response" Obama had requested.
So new poll:
How will the United Nations respond to North Korea's claimed nuclear test?
Please vote in the sidebar on the left, and leave a comment as to why you feel the UN will respond in this way.