Governments around the world have condemned North Korea for conducting its third nuclear test since 2006. Pyongyang confirmed the test hours after seismic sensors registered a possible underground explosion.
Pyongyang's attempt to launch two missiles has been unsuccessful, bringing the number of failed tests to three this week, South Korea says. The tests come shortly before a major North Korean party meeting next week.
US President Barack Obama has accused North Korea of "provocation" following reports of a new missile test by the communist country. The US leader urged China to put more pressure on North Korea to halt tests.
Pyongyang has announced that a party congress of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea will be held on May 6 - the first since 1980. The political convention comes amid growing tensions over the North's missile tests.
North Korea has sentenced a US citizen to hard labor after he was found guilty of subversion and espionage. North Korea says he's admitted to the "unpardonable" offense of receiving military secrets on a USB thumb drive.
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