"North Korea says it has has staged a "successful" underground nuclear test, prompting international condemnation. The state says it was more powerful than the previous one in October 2006. A number of external agencies have confirmed a powerful explosion took place, suspected to be associated with a nuclear test." BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | North Korea conducts nuclear test If confirmed, is NK putting its money where its mouth is ... or is this another desperate act from a dying regime ... or both ... or something else entirely? The usual 'threats' have ensued, talk of 'stern' action by Japan for example. Quite what said 'action' may entail was [as ever] left unsaid, and I expect, will remain unactioned. Anyway, it seems a new round in an ongoing game of brinksmanship has begun. Cue the usual pavolian responses from the usual suspects. For those among us who repeatedly demonstrate they're incapable of critical thinking - it's something to take your 'minds' off Nancy Pelosi's chest, and the wider campaign of 'fear' - consider it a service. :smile: For everyone else, this incident should come as no surprise, the difficulty lies in divining the underlying motivation, and an appropriate response, if indeed such a response exists.