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North Korea conducts third nuclear test

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North Korea conducted its third underground nuclear test on Tuesday, underscoring a disregard for an international community that has already isolated the totalitarian state from the global economy. 

The underground test "of a smaller and light A-bomb" was successful, the official Korean Central News Agency said in a statement.

South Korea measured an artificial 4.9 magnitude earthquake at the North's Punggye-ri testing site at 11.57am (Korea time), and its Defence Ministry estimated the yield at six to seven kilotonnes, bigger than the previous two tests.

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