North Korea 'explosion' points to nuclear test

Jerome Frank
September 3, 2017

South Korea said Sunday that North Korea appears to have conducted a nuclear test after an artificial quake was detected in northern North Korea, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

"For months North Korea refrained from conducting a nuclear test and from launching missiles over Japan, even though that meant testing on highly lofted trajectories and launching satellites to the south rather than east, which is more efficient".

Hours after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly inspected a "super explosive" hydrogen bomb for its intercontinental ballistic missiles, a 6.3-magnitude quake was detected Sunday in North Korea.

Moments after it was rocked with two shallow earthquakes, defiant North Korea led by headstrong leader Kim Jong Un revealed that it has developed a missile ready hydrogen bomb which has "great destructive power". North Korea conducted its fifth test last September.

The reclusive regime reportedly tested a staged thermonuclear device that can be mounted on the Hwasong-14 ICBM tested twice in July.

The North Korean leadership says a credible nuclear deterrent is critical to the nation's survival, claiming it is under constant threat from an aggressive United States.

"Our country lodge a strict protest against North Korea and condemns it in the strongest words", Abe said. The report came just days after a Trump administration ban on travel by Americans to North Korea took effect. North Korea wants to demonstrate it knows what makes a credible nuclear warhead.

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While it was initially reported that the tremor was of magnitude 5.6, the USGS has then revised it to 6.3.

North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb for its new intercontinental ballistic missile, state media revealed in a special announcement Sunday.

He earlier said that North Korea would be crossing a "red line" if it weaponises a nuclear-tipped ICBM.

President Trump and Japanese President Shinzo Abe, in a Saturday phone call, discussed "ongoing efforts to maximize pressure on North Korea", according to the White House.

The North's progress towards acquiring nuclear missiles has heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in Washington.

The US offered a conciliatory gesture toward the North, but Pyongyang responded with the firing of an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan last week.

The Japanese government concluded that the tremor was a nuclear explosion based on seismological data, the foreign minister said in a live television broadcast.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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