Donald Kirk, author of several books on korea and the Korea correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor tells Al Jazeera what he thinks the reasons are behind Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test.
North Korea carries out nuclear test
May 24, 2009
North Korea has successfully carried out an underground nuclear test, officials in the country have confirmed.
North Korea conducts nuclear test – 25 May 09
North Korea has announced it has carried out an underground nuclear explosion, and there are reports it test-fired a short-range missile just hours later.
The United States and the European Union have sharply criticised the move, while Russia has expressed concern.
Japan’s prime minister says it will seek a new United Nations resolution to condemn the nuclear test.
Harry Fawcett reports.