Defiant North Korea sets off nuclear explosion

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South Korean army soldiers patrol along the barbed-wire fence near the demilitarized zone of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Defying U.N. warnings, North Korea on Tuesday conducted an underground nuclear test in the remote, snowy northeast, taking a crucial step toward its goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile capable of striking the United States. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)