Trump among leaders to condemn latest North Korea bomb test

Trevor Jackson
September 5, 2017

North Korea said it set off a hydrogen bomb Sunday in its sixth nuclear test, which judging by the natural disaster it set off appeared to be its most powerful explosion yet.

"The hydrogen bomb test was a ideal success", an announcer on state TV claimed after Sunday's test.

The official KCNA news agency said earlier Sunday that the North's H-bomb had an "explosive power that can be adjusted from tens to hundreds of kilotons depending on the target".

The "artificial quake" was 9.8 times more powerful than the tremor from the North's fifth test, the state weather agency said.

Trump then added, "North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success".

Trump also delivered a scolding to South Korea, a longtime US ally, stating that "appeasement with North Korea will not work" and suggesting that more severe steps must be taken to influence Kim Jong Un's government.

"North Korea has again demonstrated its complete disregard for its obligations under United Nations Security Council resolutions, and for global norms against nuclear testing", Brownlee said.

I'm very much of the view that every diplomatic effort needs be pursued, that's why we need to engage China, but we need to engage China in how they relate to North Korea'.

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement that he "calls on the members of the United Nations Security Council to quickly react to this new violation by North Korea of worldwide law". President Xi Jinping is hosting counterparts from Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa in a three-day summit starting on Sunday. About 28,500 American troops are deployed in South Korea as deterrence against North Korea.

The North's 2016 test, when it claimed to have carried out a fusion reaction, was largely dismissed by worldwide observers because of the relatively small size of the seismic wave.

There's speculation that such a test could come on or around the September 9 anniversary of North Korea's national founding, something it did past year.

South Korea says quake in North Korea artificial, suggesting possible nuclear test
Yonhap added that the two leaders reaffirmed the need to bring Pyonyang back to the dialogue table by applying maximum sanctions and pressure.

Pictures of Kim at the Nuclear Weapons Institute showed the young leader, dressed in a black suit, examining a metal casing with a shape akin to a peanut shell. The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to tighten sanctions that targeted about a third of North Korea's $3 billion in exports.

Japan confirmed that North Korea conducted a nuclear test, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said. The North's official news agency, KCNA, also released the photos, which were clearly meant to be seen by a global audience.

Han-kyu said "the South Korea-U.S. alliance, in closest cooperation ever, has all the capability to punish North Korea, and we will show our action demonstrating a strong response of the South Korea-U.S. combined forces".

China, long viewed as North Korea's only real regional ally, also condemned the test.

Pyongyang triggered a new ramping up of tensions in July, when it carried out two successful tests of an ICBM, the Hwasong-14, which apparently brought much of the U.S. mainland within range.

Trump's administration has sought to pressure China into cutting off food and fuel to North Korea, while warning that all options are on the table to stop Kim.

August 3, 2016: North Korea fires a ballistic missile directly into Japan's maritime economic zone for the first time.

It isn't immediately clear whether North Korea has conducted its sixth nuclear test.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's office reiterated the need for sanctions on North Korea in the wake of the test. "The critical thing is now is that the United States does not cause more damage with its reaction than the test did itself".

The UN has banned North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and imposed sanctions after past tests.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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