Korea still away from 'red line' despite nuclear test

Korea still away from 'red line' despite nuclear test

Korea still away from 'red line' despite nuclear test

North Korea's actions create a potentially embarrassing situation for Xi, who is preparing for a politically sensitive gathering of the ruling Communist Party in October, at which he aims to further consolidate his power.

The apparent test came just hours after it claimed to have developed a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded into the country's new intercontinental ballistic missile. Officials in Seoul put the magnitude at 5.7, while the U.S. Geological Survey said it was a magnitude 6.3. There are concerns North Korea has conducted yet another nuclear test, despite repeated global warnings not to, after a magnitude 6.3 explosion was detected in the country.

According to reports by CNN, U.S. National Security Advisor Herbert McMaster has been in emergency deliberations with South Korea's chief security advisor to discuss the possible repercussions of North Korea's sixth nuclear test.

The US State Department had no immediate reaction.

Japan immediately raised the prospect of further sanctions against the isolated North, with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga saying that curbs on its oil trade would be on the table.

The Korea Meteorological Administration said Sunday that it had not detected another quake. It has since maintained a torrid pace in weapons tests, including its first two intercontinental ballistic missiles test in July. Pyongyang fired a missile that flew over northern Japan on Monday, resulting in citizens being told to seek refuge in shelters.

The leader of the North Kim Jong-un inspected the weapon at the country's Nuclear Weapons Institute, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. In two of the photos the device seen with what appears to be the hollow nose-cone of a missile.

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North Korea has regularly carried out tests of ICBMs with the stated aim of reaching the USA territory of Guam and, eventually, the US mainland.

It has since threatened to send a salvo of rockets towards the United States territory of Guam, and last week fired a missile over Japan and into the Pacific, the first time time it has ever acknowledged doing so.

One expert said the size of Sunday's detonation meant it was possible it could be a hydrogen bomb test.

Just before the test, according to state media, Kim and the other senior leaders at the party presidium meeting discussed "detailed ways and measures for containing the USA and other hostile forces' vicious moves for sanctions".

Its first nuclear test was in 2006, and successive blasts are believed to have been aimed at refining designs and reliability as well as increasing yield.

North Korea triggered a new ramping up of tensions in July, when it carried out two successful tests of an ICBM, the Hwasong-14, which apparently brought much of the United States mainland within range.

It is nearly impossible to independently confirm North Korean statements about its highly secret weapons program. South Korean government officials said the estimated explosive yield of last year's first test was much smaller than what even a failed hydrogen bomb detonation would produce. There was speculation that North Korea might have detonated a boosted fission bomb, a weapon considered halfway between an atomic bomb and an H-bomb. A key question is how far North Korea has gotten in efforts to consistently shrink down nuclear warheads so they can fit on long-range missiles.

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Nowadays her appearances are rare, but two months ago she announced the launch of its intercontinental ballistic missile, and she was back on Korean Central Television screens Sunday with its latest milestone. He says Moon will also discuss with Washington ways to deploy the "strongest strategic assets" the USA has to completely isolate Pyongyang.

Trump and Abe spoke by phone and said that in face of an "escalating" situation with North Korea that close cooperation between their countries and with South Korea was needed, Abe told reporters. The statement did not say whether the conversation came before or after the North's latest claim.

A long line of U.S. presidents has failed to check North Korea's persistent pursuit of missiles and nuclear weapons.

In what could be read as a veiled warning of more nuclear tests, Kim underlined the need for scientists to "dynamically conduct the campaign for successfully concluding the final-stage research and development for perfecting the state nuclear force" and "set forth tasks to be fulfilled in the research into nukes".

The two Koreas have shared the world's most heavily fortified border since their war in the early 1950s ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

South Korea's Yonhap News agency says a magnitude 5.6 quake has occurred in North Korea.

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