Published: Tue, September 05, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

North Korea: Kim Jong Un watches 'H-Bomb' loaded on new missile

North Korea: Kim Jong Un watches 'H-Bomb' loaded on new missile

Authorities in South Korea believe that the quake was caused by an artificial source, allegedly providing, even more, confirmation of seismic activity consistent with a nuclear test.

At exactly noon PYT, as expected, the U.S. Geological Survey detected a 6.3 magnitude quake close to North Korea's northeastern region.

Japan Meteorological Agency observed a magnitude-6.1 tremor in North Korea at around 12:31 p.m. local (11:31 p.m. ET).

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 ballistic missiles.

A man walks past a TV in Tokyo showing the images of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and US President Donald Trump, right, while reporting on North Korea's a possible nuclear test on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.

"If we look at it from Pakistan's example, the North might be in the final stages" of becoming a nuclear state, he said.

South Korea's weather agency says an apparent nuclear test by North Korea appears to have been several times stronger than its previous test.

"We will convene a National Security council meeting to gather and analyse the information", CNN quoted Abe as saying.

The USGS told ABC News Radio they it detected a second event about eight minutes after the 6.3-magnitude "explosion", but it was too small to narrow down a location and magnitude.

Hours earlier, the North released images of leader Kim Jong-Un at the Nuclear Weapons Institute, inspecting what it said was a miniaturised H-bomb that could be fitted onto an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

When it carried out its fifth test, in September 2016, it did not say it was a hydrogen bomb.

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.

North Korea has said it has developed a more advanced nuclear weapon that has "great destructive power" and can be loaded onto a intercontinental ballistic missile.

The USGS and China's natural disaster administration detected a second tremor in North Korea minutes after the first, describing it as a cave-in or collapse.

China urged North Korea to "stop taking erroneous actions that deteriorate the situation". An official at the Korea Meteorological Administration estimated the blast was about 50 kilotons.

If confirmed as a nuclear test, this act would indicate that the DPRK's nuclear programme is advancing rapidly. National Security Director Chung Eui-yong said Moon will seek every available measure, including new United Nations sanctions or the deployment of more USA military assets, to further isolate Pyongyang. In a statement, the ministry said on its website that China "resolutely opposed" and "strongly condemned" North Korea's actions.

Japan, which recently saw a North Korean missile sailing over its island, was one of the first countries to denounce the latest weapons stunt Sunday. It last detonated a nuclear device on 9 September-its foundation day-last year.

"The explosive power of the bomb is adjustable from tens kiloton to hundreds kiloton", the state run Korean Central News Agency said.

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