'Perfect success' in testing hydrogen bomb

'Perfect success' in testing hydrogen bomb

'Perfect success' in testing hydrogen bomb

North Korea's nuclear test Sunday was apparently its most powerful yet.

United States monitors measured a 6.3-magnitude "explosion" near the North's main testing site at Punggye-ri.

North Korea on September 3 conducted its sixth nuclear test, claiming that it was now capable of producing intercontinental ballistic missiles fitted with thermonuclear warheads.

As reported earlier this morning by JOL, South Korea reported about a 6.3-magnitude quake felt in the region caused by North Korea's sixth nuclear missile test.

An natural disaster of magnitude 5.6 had been recorded inside the country, sparking debates on whether a nuclear bomb had been tested, Guardian reports.

Jana Pursely, a USGS geophysicist, told AFP: "It's an explosion rather than an natural disaster".

"If confirmed as a nuclear test, this act would indicate that the DPRK's nuclear programme is advancing rapidly", the CTBT's Secretary General Lassina Zerbo said.

Under its leader Kim Jong Un, North Korea has pursued work on building nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles that can deliver them at an unprecedented pace, defying UN sanctions and global pressure.

Pictures showed Kim in black suit examining a metal casing with two bulges.

The hydrogen bomb was described as having "unprecedently large power" by news telecasters, who that the blast "marked a very significant occasion in attaining the final goal of completing the state nuclear force".

In August, US President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang it would face "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten the US.

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Before this latest incident North Korea was the focus of a phone call President Donald Trump made yesterday to Japan's Prime Minister.

South Korea, Japan, and China have all condemned the move, calling it a "serious threat" and "absolutely unacceptable".

"North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test", he said.

North Korea claims the test was a "total success", although there is some evidence that part of the tunnel at the testing site collapsed after the test.

There was no immediate announcement from the North about today's natural disaster.

Experts said North Korea may have tested a "boosted" atomic bomb.

But scientists said the six-kiloton yield achieved then was far too low for a thermonuclear device.

It was the North's sixth nuclear test since 2006, but the first since Mr Trump took office in January.

Its fifth detonation, in September past year, caused a 5.3-magnitude quake and according to Seoul had a 10-kiloton yield - still less than the 15-kiloton U.S. device which destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.

The hydrogen bomb's power is adjustable to hundreds of kilotons and can be detonated at high altitudes, with its indigenously produced components allowing the country to build as many nuclear weapons as it wants, KCNA news agency said.

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