Seoul Says North Korea May Have Conducted Nuclear Test

Marsha Scott
September 3, 2017

Kim Jong Un is said to have inspected the loading of a hydrogen bomb into a new intercontinental ballistic missile. In a statement on its website the administration said that the tremor occured at a depth of zero kilometres. The U.S. Geological Survey called the first quake an explosion with a magnitude 6.3.

Nuclear-armed Pyongyang has long sought the means to deliver an atomic warhead to the United States, its sworn enemy.

Kim Jong-Un, who was reportedly at the factory when the bomb was loaded onto a missile, said the country's nuclear program is protected from sanctions because all of the components of its thermonuclear weapon are homemade, "enabling the country to produce powerful nuclear weapons, as many as it wants".

Photos released by the Korean Central News Agency show Kim observing a silver, bulbous metal casing.

South Korea's military says North Korea is believed to have conducted its sixth nuclear test.

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.

A day later, President Trump threatened to meet North Korea with "fire and fury".

According to the White House statement, the two leaders reaffirmed the importance of close cooperation between the United States, Japan, and South Korea in the face of the growing threat from North Korea.

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The North has repeatedly claimed that it has a thermonuclear weapon, which can be far more powerful than other nuclear devices.

Previous tremors in the reclusive country have been caused by nuclear tests.

There was no immediate announcement from the North about Sunday's quake.

As the Two-Way reported last month, USA intelligence analysts believe North Korea has already developed a warhead that can be placed on its ballistic missiles, including an ICBM capable of reaching US territory.

Actually mounting a warhead onto a missile would amount to a significant escalation on the North's part, as it would create a risk that it was preparing an attack.

Following the country's claim of an accelerated nuclear arsenal, President Trump spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about efforts to maximize pressure on North Korea.

Electromagnetic pulse is an intense wave of electrical energy generated by the detonation of a nuclear weapon.

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.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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