If certain suspicions are confirmed, this is a major development:
The U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday it had detected a magnitude 4.9 earthquake in North Korea, but neither Pyongyang nor Seoul confirmed whether North Korea had conducted its widely anticipated third nuclear test. The South Korean Defense Ministry said it was trying to determine whether North Korea had conducted a nuclear test. Nuclear blasts can create tremors but they are distinct from those caused by natural earthquakes. North Korea's powerful politburo vowed to continue firing "powerful long-range rockets," but a statement Tuesday made no mention of Pyongyang's promise to conduct a nuclear test. The United States and its allies have been on edge since North Korea said last month it will conduct its third nuclear test to protest toughened sanctions over a December rocket launch that the U.N. called a cover for a banned missile test.
North Korea is run by a demented, deeply evil regime that starves its own people in order to pursue an illegal nuclear weapons program. What are their ultimate intentions? And what, if anything, is the United States government -- or our allies in South Korea or Japan -- prepared to do about it?
UPDATE - The test has been confirmed, according to a diplomat associated with the UN Security Council.