SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Monday it had performed its first-ever nuclear weapons test, setting off an underground blast in defiance of international warnings and intense diplomatic activity aimed at heading off such a move.

The North Korean statement said there was no radioactive leakage from the test site.

An official at South Korea’s seismic monitoring center confirmed a magnitude-3.6 tremor felt at the time North Korea said it conducted the test was not a natural occurrence. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition his name not be used, because he was not authorized to talk about the sensitive information to the media…

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said the alert level of the military had been raised in response to the claimed nuclear test.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun has convened a meeting of security advisers over the issue, Yonhap reported, and intelligence over the test has been exchanged between concerned countries.

We will be traveling to Korea in a soon as 3 WEEKS!!! Praise God!!! Pray for our trip and the tension in the country. My heart is with these people from the North and the South.
I’m coming son