Published: Tue, September 05, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

North Korea: Sixth Nuclear Test Was an H-Bomb for ICBM

North Korea: Sixth Nuclear Test Was an H-Bomb for ICBM

The U.S Geological Survey said a 6.3 magnitude natural disaster was detected at 12:36 p.m. Sunday local time, near North Korea's known nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, in the county's northeast region.

North Korea announced Sunday it successfully tested a hydrogen nuclear bomb that can be loaded onto a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

That yield would be roughly ten times more powerful than North Korea's previous test in 2016 and would mark a significant step forward in the North's quest for a viable nuclear missile capable of striking anywhere in the U.S.

Hydrogen bombs or H-bombs - also known as thermonuclear devices - are far more powerful than the relatively simple atomic weapons the North was believed to have tested so far.

"My visit today is a sign of the growing cooperation and partnership that we have on defense matters", May said in comments broadcast on Japanese TV.

The ministry said in a statement on its website that China resolutely opposed and strongly condemned North Korea's actions, and urged the country to respect UN Security Council resolutions.

The United States often sends its warplanes to South Korea, mostly for patrols, when animosity rises on the Korean Peninsula, which is technically in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

China wants North Korea to face up to the worldwide community's determination toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the statement said, adding that "the denuclearization of the peninsula as well as non-proliferation and maintaining peace and security in Northeast Asia are China's firm stance".

Hours earlier, the North released images of Kim inspecting what it said was a miniaturized H-bomb that could be fitted onto an ICBM, at the Nuclear Weapons Institute.

Following the tests, US President Donald Trump said "all options are on the table" regarding North Korea, later tweeting that "talking is not the answer".

Pyongyang, for its part, called the nuclear detonation "a flawless success".

North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday.

The report comes as tensions are high over the North's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon that could reach the USA mainland.

North Korea on Tuesday flew a potentially nuclear-capable Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile over northern Japan and later called it a "meaningful prelude" to containing the USA territory of Guam.

The test was carried out at 12:29pm at the Punggye-ri site where North Korea has also conducted past nuclear tests. "We will provide updates as necessary", said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Then Mattis, meeting with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo at the Pentagon, told reporters "We're never out of diplomatic solutions".

It has since threatened to send a salvo of rockets towards the USA territory of Guam, and last week fired a missile over Japan and into the Pacific, the first time it has ever acknowledged doing so.

Countries and global bodies around the world swiftly condemned North Korea's announcement that it had tested a hydrogen bomb on Sunday.

Korea TV stations are airing breaking news about the apparent nuclear tests by North Korea on Sunday.

A second tremor measuring 4.6 was also detected, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said.

The shallow, 6.3 magnitude natural disaster shook North Korea on Sunday, suggesting it had detonated a sixth nuclear device, hours after it said it had developed an advanced hydrogen bomb that possesses "great destructive power".

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