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Japan: North Korea conducts sixth nuclear test

Japan: North Korea conducts sixth nuclear test

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected the loading of a hydrogen bomb into a new intercontinental ballistic missile, Pyongyang's state media said Sunday, a claim of technological mastery that some outside experts will doubt but that will raise already high worries on the Korean Peninsula.

"If North Korea did indeed conduct a nuclear test, we absolutely can not tolerate and must protest firmly".

And the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog, IAEA director general Yukiya Amano was the test was an "extremely regrettable act" that was "in complete disregard of the repeated demands of the global community".

The bomb it tested is created to be loaded onto an long-range missile, so has made countries such as the U.S. anxious in a major escalation of tensions.

The test happened just hours after Pyongyang released photos of what it called a hydrogen bomb capable of being mounted on a long-range missile.

China's Earthquake Administration said on Sunday that it detected a second quake in North Korea of magnitude 4.6, which it termed as a "collapse".

It asked North Korea "to seriously consider" the steadfast will of the worldwide community on a denuclearised Korean Peninsula and to comply with the UN Security Council resolutions. "And the equations can to grip on things like depth or the geology of the area, and we don't know those kinds of facts", she said.

North Korea has been working to build an arsenal of viable nuclear ICBMs that can reach the US mainland.

Seismological data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) showed that an explosion caused a 6.3-magnitude tremor in the country's northeast, not far from the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test site.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looking at a metal casing with two bulges at an undisclosed location. North Korea has developed a hydrogen bomb which can be loaded into the country's new intercontinental ballistic missile

February 12, 2013: Conducts its third underground nuclear test.

North Korea also boasted that all of the components of the new weapon were "homemade", thus "enabling the country to produce powerful nuclear weapons, as many as it wants", without worrying about import sanctions.

The nuclear test is the North's first since U.S. President Donald Trump assumed office in January. "North Korea might have successfully tested a weapon with significantly large capability".

The H-bomb test was carried out to examine and confirm the accuracy and credibility of the power control technology and internal structural design newly introduced into manufacturing H-bomb to be placed at the payload of the ICBM.

It said that launch was the "curtain-raiser" for more activity to come.

While Moon's approach to North Korea hardens, talk of bringing US' tactical nuclear weapons back into South Korea has reemerged, which has always been championed by the conservatives.

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 main spy agency has previously asserted that it does not think Pyongyang now has the ability to develop miniaturized nuclear weapons that can be mounted on long-range ballistic missiles.

March 7, 2017: USA begins deploying THAAD missile defence system in South Korea.


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