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              A South Korean man watches TV news showing file footage of the demolition of the cooling tower of the Yongbyon nuclear complex, following a report of a possible nuclear test conducted by North Korea, at the Seoul train station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. South Korea said it suspects a nuclear test caused an earthquake Tuesday in North Korea just north of a site where the country conducted two previous atomic tests. North Korea has yet to confirm whether the tremor resulted from a widely anticipated third nuclear test, though an analyst in Seoul said a nuclear detonation was a "high possibility." The Korean letters on TV read: "Government official says possibility of a nuclear test is high." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Obama calls North Korea nuke test ‘highly provocative’ [VIDEO]

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is calling North Korea’s latest nuclear test a “highly provocative act” that threatens U.S. security and international peace.

In a statement issued early Tuesday, President Barack Obama promises to “continue to take steps necessary to defend ourselves and our allies.” He also urges “swift and credible action by the international community.”

North Korea says it successfully detonated a miniaturized nuclear device at a northeastern test site Tuesday, defying U.N. Security Council orders to shut down atomic activity or face more sanctions and international isolation.

Obama says such efforts “do not make North Korea more secure.” Instead, he says, North Korea has “increasingly isolated and impoverished its people through its ill-advised pursuit of weapons of mass destruction.”