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North Korea says it tested a miniaturized nuclear warhead, will continue weapons program

North Korea said it tested a miniaturized nuclear warhead on Friday, in response to the "threats and sanctions from hostile elements," including the U.S., according to the isolated state's official news agency.

North Korean state TV said that the test had no impact on the environment and caused no radiation leak, and proved that the country could make nuclear warheads whenever it wanted and mount them on ballistic rockets.

The statement from the rogue nation came after multiple global agencies detected seismic activity in North Korea on Friday morning local time. Prior to North Korea's statement, both Japanese and South Korean authorities said that they believed the explosion, which caused an earthquake, was the result of a nuclear test.

South Korea's meteorological agency said that the "man-made" quake emitted energy double that emitted by a nuclear test North Korea undertook in January. The South Korean military said the magnitude 5.0 seismic wave would indicate a 10 kilotonne blast, which would be the isolated nation's largest ever, local news agency Yonhap reported.

South Korea's Blue House, the equivalent of the U.S. White House, quoted President Park Geun-hyeas saying the North had conducted a nuclear test, adding that North Korea leader Kim Jong Un had behaved with "maniacal recklessness."

Park held an unscheduled phone call with Barack Obama to discuss the issue, as the U.S. president headed back to the United States from a regional summit in Laos. The Blue House said that the two leaders agreed to use every available means to...