North Korea confirms "successful" nuclear test: KCNA

SEOUL Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:00am EST

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea confirmed on Tuesday it has successfully conducted a third nuclear test, saying it used a miniaturized device that had a greater explosive force than previous tests, the North's KCNA official news agency said.

"It was confirmed that the nuclear test that was carried out at a high level in a safe and perfect manner using a miniaturized and lighter nuclear device with greater explosive force than previously did not pose any negative impact on the surrounding ecological environment," KCNA said.

(Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Miyoung Kim)

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