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N. Korean nuclear weapons: How real is the threat?
Experts say even if North Korea performs 3rd nuke test, a useable weapon may still be far off
By The Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) ' If getting international attention is North Korea's goal, then there is nothing quite like detonating a nuclear device to make your adversaries sit up and take notice. But experts say North Korea probably has a long way to go before it will be able to actually deploy a nuclear weapon.

While North Korea is adept at getting political mileage out of showy military displays, Pyongyang's attempts to show off its strength are, just as often, reminders of its weaknesses ' and a nuclear test would likely fit that pattern.

Fears of an imminent test were heightened last month, when satellite imagery suggested stepped-up activity at the North's nuclear testing site. Little progress has been reported there in recent weeks, but a test is likely sooner or later.

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