North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un just flipped the bird at the rest of the world and dared the international community to sanction it. The impoverished country just conducted its third nuclear test since 2006.
New York Times:
North Korea confirmed on Tuesday that it had conducted its third, long-threatened nuclear test, according to the official K.C.N.A. news service, posing a new challenge for the Obama administration in its effort to keep the country from becoming a full-fledged nuclear power.
The K.C.N.A. said the North used a "miniaturized and lighter nuclear device with greater explosive force than previously" and that the test "did not pose any negative impact on the surrounding ecological environment."
Early Tuesday morning in Washington the office of the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., issued a statement suggesting the North Koreans were, on their third try, beginning to produce nuclear devices with substantial explosive power. "The explosion yield was approximately several kilotons," the announcement said, which was less specific than a South Korean Defense Ministry estimate of six to seven kilotons. That would be far greater than the yield of less than one kiloton detected in the North's 2006 test, but it is unclear how it would measure up to the last test, in 2009, which had estimated yield of two to six kilotons. By comparison, the first bomb the United States dropped on Japan, which devastated Hiroshima in 1945, had an explosive yield of 15 kilotons.
The test drew a crescendo of international condemnation Tuesday, with President Obama calling it a "highly provocative act" that demands "swift and credible action by the international community" against North Korea. Russia, Britain, South Korea and the United Nations also quickly condemned the blast. The head of the international nuclear watchdog called the test "deeply regrettable" and the United Nations Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting at 9 a.m. in New York to take up the matter.
Preliminary estimates by South Korea suggested that the test was much more powerful than the previous two conducted by the North.
The world did absolutely nothing the previous two times that North Korea lit the nuclear fuse, so we can expect the same this time. In fact, one sure sign of inaction was the calling for the dreaded "emergency meeting" of the Security Council.
Yeah...that will get their attention.
President Obama once again is speaking loudly and carrying no stick at all. Perhaps this time, we'll threaten to give the North Koreans the "comfy chair" as punishment for upsetting everyone.
Beyond that, don't expect a response that would put the fear of God in the Iranians if they try the same thing.