While the United States government obsesses over the possibility that Iran might be pursuing nuclear weapons, North Korea has conducted its third nuclear weapons test.

North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of existing U.N. resolutions, drawing condemnation from around the world, including from its only major ally, China, which summoned the North Korean ambassador to protest.

The reclusive North said the test was an act of self-defense against “U.S. hostility” and threatened further, stronger steps if necessary.

It said the test had “greater explosive force” than the 2006 and 2009 tests. Its KCNA news agency said it had used a “miniaturized” and lighter nuclear device, indicating that it had again used plutonium which is more suitable for use as a missile warhead.

The miniaturized nature of the nuclear weapon tested is raising concerns that North Korea may be close to the ability to put a nuclear device on a missile. North Korea has already developed an early stage ICBM which, if loaded with a nuclear warhead, could cause mass destruction in East Asia and beyond. North Korea has made a point of saying its missiles can reach the United States. The United States and North Korea are still technically at war the lack of armed conflict is a result of a cease fire agreement reached in 1954 both parties could resume armed conflict at any time.

And yet, the American government and media hyper-focus on Iran a country – unlike North Korea – which is not at war with the United States, has never tested a nuclear weapon, nor openly stated its hostile intentions for the use of such weapons against the United States. What happened to protecting the homeland? This is a total breakdown of the national security apparatus which – despite all the tax money it has extorted – is back to 9/11 style incompetence once again.

Perhaps it’s time to stop focusing on illusory threats like Al-Qaeda in North Africa and hyped threats like Iran and instead deal with actual threats like a nuclear armed North Korea threatening to attack America.