The nuclear standoff between North Korea and the rest of the world rose to a frightening new level on Monday. North Korea claims it set off a massive underground nuclear test. The blast was confirmed by seismic monitors in the U.S.
From Tokyo to Moscow to Washington, world leaders instantly condemned Pyongyang’s latest nuclear provocation. The United Nations called an emergency meeting of the Security Council and at the White House, President Barack Obama called the North Korean nuclear blast — and the launch of short range missiles a few hours later — a “blatant violation of international law.”
Charles Armstrong, the director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the military and political significance of the nuclear test as well as the timing of the test, just days after the former president of South Korea committed suicide.