Boris Johnson condemns 'reckless' North Korean nuclear test

Boris Johnson condemns 'reckless' North Korean nuclear test

Boris Johnson condemns 'reckless' North Korean nuclear test

Trump's response to North Korea's announcement that it had detonated a hydrogen bomb that could be attached to a missile capable of reaching the mainland United States included an admonishment of South Korea for its handling of the nuclear crisis.

It "clearly proved" that the North's nuclear weapons had a "highly precise basis", she said, wearing a pink and black traditional dress, known as hanbok in the South and choson chogori in the North, adorned with a badge of Kim Il-Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong-Il. "Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and unsafe to the United States", Trump tweeted.

North Korea, which carries out its nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions and sanctions, "recently succeeded" in making a more advanced hydrogen bomb that will be loaded on to an ICBM, KCNA said.

His comments came hours after the US Geological Survey picked up a 6.3 magnitude "explosion" in North Korea, which Pyongyang confirmed was a nuclear test, its sixth.

Trump tweets that North Korea "has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success".

He also warned South Korea that its strategy for dealing with Pyongyang had been a failure.

While North Korea has tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that apparently brings much of the U.S. mainland into range, questions remain about reliability and whether it has mastered the re-entry technology to bring a warhead back through the Earth's atmosphere.

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Before North Korea watchers had a chance to digest that photo dump, the seismographs started recording a big tremor at about 12:30 p.m. The power of a hydrogen bomb means that the North Koreans would still be able to inflict significant damage to the United States without the need for their missiles to be particularly accurate.

It is the second time this year North Korea has spectacularly disrupted Beijing's attempt to highlight its place on the world stage.

"Though we cannot verify the claim, (North Korea) wants us to believe that it can launch a thermonuclear strike now, if it is attacked".

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North Korea is thought to have a handful of rudimentary nuclear bombs and has spent decades trying to flawless a multistage, long-range missile to eventually carry smaller versions of those bombs. All members unanimously agreed on the threat North Korea poses and they remain unanimous in their commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Both leaders "are calling for tougher European Union sanctions against North Korea", it added. "Not all of that attention has been helpful", said Adam Mount, a North Korea expert and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

It also has yet to show proof of its claims of miniaturisation.

Abe said he "would not tolerate" another nuclear test.

Starting with the launches of two ICBMs in July that are believed to have the range to strike the USA mainland, North Korea has been far more aggressive in its military activities over the past few months than usual.

North Korea "has ignored the worldwide community's widespread opposition, again carrying out a nuclear test".

The hydrogen bomb report by North Korea's official KCNA news agency comes amid heightened regional tension following Pyongyang's two tests of ICBMs in July that potentially could fly about 10,000 kilometres, putting many parts of the mainland United States within range.

North Korea's state media reported that Kim said the launch of an intermediate range missile over Japan just a week ago was a "curtain-raiser" for more activity ahead.

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.

Thermonuclear weapons typically use a fission explosion to create a fusion reaction, which is far more powerful than a fission reaction.

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