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Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

U.S. should be "beaten to death like a rabid dog": North Korea

U.S. should be

The most recent satellite images of North Korea's nuclear site taken Friday show a greater number of surface disturbances following Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test than previous tests at Punggye-ri, USA analysts say.

Earlier, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters in Tokyo that it is necessary to avoid action that could weaken pressure being applied to North Korea, adding that the U.N. Security Council recently adopted new sanctions to punish the North for its sixth nuclear test on September 3.

North Korea threatened to use a nuclear weapon against Japan and turn the US into "ashes and darkness" for agreeing on fresh United Nations sanctions this week - rhetoric that is likely to exacerbate tensions in North Asia.

Nauert pointed out that the Security Council adopted the resolution with a unanimous vote with China and Russian Federation, expressing hope that the two nations will faithfully implement the new sanctions.

The sanctions seek to curb key sources of income for North Korea by limiting oil exports, banning textile exports and outlawing money transfers by the country's expatriate workers.

That led to Resolution 1718, establishing a United Nations sanctions regime, aiming to stop all nuclear, ballistic missile, and other weapons of mass destruction programs.

North Korea carries out its nuclear tests in a complex of tunnels at its Punggye-ri site and images of the mountains, in this case Mount Mantap, above it can give experts a sense of where the device was tested exactly and how powerful it was.

Writing for 38 North, the Johns Hopkins University website dedicated to North Korea issues, analysts Frank V. Pabian, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu say North Korea's site now has "additional slippage" in "pre-existing landslide scars" and a "possible subsidence crater".

Regional tension has risen markedly since the North conducted its sixth, and by far its most powerful, nuclear test on Sept 3.

This week, analysts at 38 North, a monitoring service, said satellite images of North Korea's nuclear testing site showed the effects of the quake caused by the most recent test, as well as preparations for "future underground nuclear testing".

Pyongyang claims it detonated a hydrogen bomb in this latest test, which its state media swiftly described as "a ideal success".

But they also said Pyongyang does not consider Canada as an enemy, but rather as a friendly and peaceful country that has the ear of the U.S. It is supported by the Workers' Party, the only political party in North Korea. China and Russian Federation share the view that the Kim regime will not give up its nuclear programme without security guarantees. She added that the images from the North's nuclear test in 2016 did not show substantial change on the mountain's surface. A variation of that warhead appears to have been used in the most recent test. Evidence suggests that this is a bomb meant for the destruction of an American city should a conflict occur.

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