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North Korea hails ‘successful’ nuclear test

Isolated and aggressive North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear explosion after a series of missile tests despite severe UN sanctions

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North Korea has conducted a “successful” fifth nuclear test, state-run TV said Friday, in an explosion described by the South as Pyongyang’s largest-ever such blast.

“Our nuclear scientists staged a nuclear explosion test on a newly developed nuclear warhead at the country’s northern nuclear test site,” a TV announcer said.

“Our... party sent a congratulatory message to our nuclear scientists... for conducting the successful nuclear warhead explosion test,” she said.