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North Korea Conducts Third Nuclear Test: February 12 and March 7, 2013

North Korea Conducts Third Nuclear Test: February 12 and March 7, 2013

North Korea conducts third nuclear test: February 12 and March 7, 2013

In yet another show of defiance to the international community, on February 12, 2013, North Korea conducted its third underground nuclear test. This was the first such test under North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong Un, who assumed power after the death of his father in December 2011. North Korea gave the United States advance warning of the test, but made it clear that it was acting in an effort to prepare itself to protect against any U.S. incursion into its affairs pertaining to what it considered a hostile response to its 2012 “satellite” launch. “If the United States continues to come ...

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