Powerful Explosion Detected In North Korea In Possible Nuclear Weapons Test

Powerful Explosion Detected In North Korea In Possible Nuclear Weapons Test

Powerful Explosion Detected In North Korea In Possible Nuclear Weapons Test

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

Meanwhile, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency North Korea citing military officials says North Korea appeared to have conducted a sixth nuclear test.

The East Asia program director at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Jeffery Lewis, said he is not surprised that North Korea has achieved the capability to test a full-scale thermonuclear weapon.

On Sunday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly inspected a "super explosive" hydrogen bomb for its intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Last September, North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test, showing its determination to be a nuclear-armed country despite ever tougher sanctions. This was also echoed by China's Earthquake Administration. A 6.3 magnitude "explosion" was detected in the country. "The city air raid sirens started going off".

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.

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Japan's foreign minister, Taro Kano, said Japan had requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

Under its young leader, North Korea has pursued work on building nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles that can deliver them at an unprecedented pace, defying United Nations sanctions and worldwide pressure.

"This test is just another step towards such a goal".

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.

The USGS upgraded the magnitude of the shaking caused by the nuclear test to 6.3 and added that the quake struck 55 km north northwest of Kimchaek.

The North's H-bomb had "explosive power that can be adjusted from tens to hundreds of kilotons depending on the target", KCNA said Sunday, claiming technological advances "on the basis of precious successes made in the first H-bomb test".

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The North conducted two nuclear tests past year alone.

North Korea a year ago conducted its fourth and fifth nuclear tests, saying the fourth in January 2016 was a successful hydrogen bomb test, although outside experts say the claim has not been proven.

Experts and officials have warned that North Korea could conduct its sixth nuclear test at any time, after conducting its last two in 2016. He called the launch a "meaningful prelude" to containing Guam, which is home to key USA military bases that North Korea finds threatening, and said the country needs to conduct more missile launches into the Pacific to advance the capabilities of its strategic force, according to the KCNA.

Earlier, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says a magnitude 5.6 quake in North Korea was artificial and it's analyzing whether the North conducted a nuclear test.

Trump said in his statement that "threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime's isolation in the region and among all nations of the world". 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.

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