North Korea Conducts Sixth Nuclear Test, Threatens EMP Attack on US

North Korea Conducts Sixth Nuclear Test, Threatens EMP Attack on US

North Korea Conducts Sixth Nuclear Test, Threatens EMP Attack on US

Japanese and South Korean meteorological officials said an natural disaster detected near the North's test site - measured by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at magnitude 6.3 - was around 10 times more powerful than previous detonations.

U.S. monitors measured a 6.3-magnitude tremor near the North's main testing site site at Punggye-ri.

South Korea's presidential office said Pyongyang may have conducted its long awaited sixth nuclear test.

North Korea said Sunday that it has successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded into its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in its most powerful nuclear detonation yet.

North Korea conducted it's 4th and 5th nuclear tests in January and September of a year ago.

The secretive communist state said its sixth nuclear test was a "perfect success", hours after seismologists had detected an earth tremor.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an article published on September 1, said the standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs is "on the verge of a large-scale conflict". That test was one of two tests conducted past year.

The country tested two nuclear weapons previous year, including one in September close to the country's Foundation Day holiday. "China's government expresses resolute opposition and strong condemnation toward this", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

It came as US and South Korean forces were nearing the end of the 10-day annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint exercises, which the North regards as a rehearsal for invasion.

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Pictures released by the agency showed Kim inspecting a silver-colored warhead in the visit accompanied by nuclear scientists, with a concept diagram of its Hwasong-14 long-range ballistic missile seen hanging on the wall.

"Right across our region governments would be watching North Korea " s action with a great deal of concern and trepidation", Ms Plibersek told reporters in Sydney.

China's Earthquake Administration said it had detected a second tremor, just after the first, of 4.6 magnitude which it termed as "a collapse".

North Korea's 2016 claim of testing a hydrogen bomb was met with skepticism.

US President Donald Trump, who is yet to respond to the latest suspected nuclear test, had said "all options are on the table" after the missile was sacked over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Last week, it flew a missile over Japan, prompting worldwide condemnation and a "show of force" in the Korean Peninsula by the United States and its allies.

The hydrogen bomb's power is adjustable to hundreds of kilotons and can be detonated at high altitudes, with its indigenously produced components allowing the country to build as many nuclear weapons as it wants, the North's official KCNA news agency said.

Images of Kim Jong-un purportedly signing the suspected nuclear test ran on North Korean state TV.

Reuters states that President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talked by phone about the "escalating" nuclear crisis in response to the North Korean claims.

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