Timeline of North Korea’s Nuclear Tests

January 6, 2016 8:40 AM

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9 October 2006 North Korea’s first underground nuclear test at Punggye-ri, also known as Punggye-yok, a remote area in the Northeast near the town of Kilju. The blast was based on plutonium and its explosive force, a relatively small, less than 1 kiloton. Pyongyang gave an advance warning to the international community six days prior, of their intention to test the nuclear device. On October 14, the UN Security Council unanimously approved military and economic sanctions against North Korea.

25 May 2009 Barely a month after North Korea walked out of international talks on its nuclear programme they conducted their second underground test detonating a plutonium nuclear device. This time, the power of the explosion was equivalent to American bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki 194...

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