North Korea warns it has 'powerful hydrogen bombs'

Trevor Jackson
September 3, 2017

There are concerns North Korea has conducted yet another nuclear test, despite repeated global warnings not to, after a magnitude 6.3 explosion was detected in the country.

The announcement came after Japanese, South Korean, and U.S. meteorological organizations said they had detected two tremors in North Korea. The previous test created seismic waves with a magnitude of 5.0.

Abe told reporters that he agreed with Trump's call to keep the heat on Kim in the wake of the latest claims from North Korea. That would be 3:30 Seoul and Tokyo, and 2:30 a.m. EDT.

The apparent test came just hours after North Korea claimed that its leader has inspected the loading of a hydrogen bomb into a new intercontinental ballistic missile. The report could not be independently verified. The Korea Meteorological Administration estimated that the nuclear blast yield Sunday was between 50 to 60 kilotons. The test drew a strong rebuke from ally China, which said it would protest the test with North Korea's ambassador in Beijing.

"For months North Korea refrained from conducting a nuclear test and from launching missiles over Japan, even though that meant testing on highly lofted trajectories and launching satellites to the south rather than east, which is more efficient".

Japan concluded the tremors detected in North Korea were a nuclear explosion, marking the sixth atomic test by Pyongyang since 2006.

An quake registering 6.3 was detected in the secretive state on Sunday 75km (45 miles) north-northwest of Kimchaek, where previous tests have been carried out.

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North Korea is thought to have a handful of rudimentary nuclear bombs and has spent decades trying to ideal a multistage, long-range missile to eventually carry smaller versions of those bombs. The South Korean military has been placed on high alert.

Although it claimed that a nuclear test in January past year was of a hydrogen bomb, experts said the seismic waves generated were consistent with an ordinary nuclear device, not a thermonuclear one.

In an "important" announcement, North Korea said that it carried out the sixth nuclear test at 12:00pm (Pyongyang Time), calling it a "perfect" success.

There was also widespread skepticism when the North Korean claimed to have detonated a hydrogen bomb this past summer.

Witnesses in the Chinese city of Yanji, on the border with North Korea, said they felt a tremor that lasted roughly 10 seconds, followed by an aftershock. It last detonated a nuclear device on September 9 - its foundation day - past year.

Sunday's events could also change the equation in Washington.

The test of an intercontinental ballistic missile in July showed North Korea's weapons program isn't standing still.

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