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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2015, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un salutes at a parade in Pyongyang, North Korea. South Korean and international monitoring agencies reported Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 an earthquake near North Korea's northeastern nuclear test site, a strong indication that Pyongyang had detonated its fifth atomic test explosion. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

President Obama condemns North Korea's latest alleged test of a nuclear bomb


President Obama says the United States "does not and never will" accept them as a nuclear state.

Warhead test?

In a statement released Friday, Obama called the test "a great threat to regional security." He said North Korea's actions would have "serious consequences."

The alleged test of the nuclear device (it has not been confirmed by outside sources) comes just days after North Korea also fired three medium-range ballistic missiles in the direction of Japan.

Leaders in the reclusive Stalinist nation claim the nuclear device was small and light enough to be used as a missile warhead.

North Korea says its latest nuke test was a success, taking its bomb program to a new level.

China also openly opposed the tests by North Korea, which Japan calls an "outlaw nation."

World leaders are condemning the tests. South Korea called it an act of reckless.

10 kilotons

Friday's explosion was so massive that it was first believed to be a 5.3 magnitude earthquake. It is North Korea's strongest nuclear test to date, estimated at about 10 kilotons. 

This is North Korea's fifth nuclear test since 2006 and its second test this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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