Nightly News   |  February 12, 2013

North Korea ‘front and center’ for Obama

After Tuesday’s nuclear test, questions arose as to whether or not North Korea has advanced to the point where they could reach the continental U.S. with a missile.

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>> and now to our chief foreign affairs correspondent, last night, a bulletin went out, andrea, that a 4.9 to 5.1 artifici artificial earthquake had been detected in north korea . quickly, we knew it was a nuclear test . that is on the radar for the president.

>>> it on the radar front and sent for him, because, first of all, it was much bigger than previous tests, it was the first under this new, young, korean leader, kim jung unand potentially, they claim you at least, set off by a miniaturized device which could indicate they have made big progress on getting a small weapon on top of a mills. they just did a rocket test in december. and the problem, the threat would be are they advancing to the point where they could potentially reach the continental united states with perhaps a lucky shot?

>> all right, andrea mitchell , thanks.