Tremor detected in N.Korea after sixth nuclear test

by Abel Hampton September 5, 2017, 0:20
Tremor detected in N.Korea after sixth nuclear test

United States monitors measured a 6.3-magnitude tremor near the North's main testing site, which South Korean experts said was five to six times stronger than that from the 10-kiloton test carried out a year ago.

A 6.3-magnitude tremor, according to USA and Chinese government seismologists, was recorded at surface level, centered at Punggye-ri where North Korea's nuclear test facility is located.

Japan's Meteorological Agency observed a magnitude-6.1 tremor in North Korea at around 12:31 p.m. local (11:31 p.m. ET).

In July, North Korea tested two ICBMs, which analysts say could put much of the USA mainland within range, including Los Angeles and Chicago.

"After analyzing data provided by the Japan Meteorological Agency, the Japanese government concluded that North Korea has conducted a nuclear test", Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said in a live television broadcast.

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has condemned today's nuclear test by North Korea as utterly deplorable.

USA monitors measured a 6.3-magnitude "explosion" near the North's main testing site at Punggye-ri.

Since 2006, North Korea has carried out five nuclear tests, including two a year ago.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in offered talks to Kim in July, but North Korea hasn't responded.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and South Korea's Gen. Jeong Kyeong-doo discussed on phone the enhancemnet of military cooperation between Seoul and Washington and joint response to North Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported.

North Korean TV says the country has successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb that is meant to be loaded into an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Juche is North Korea's homegrown ruling ideology that is a combination of Marxism and extreme nationalism preached by state founder Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather.

Its fifth detonation, in September past year, had a 10-kiloton yield according to Seoul - still less than the 15-kiloton United States device which destroyed Hiroshima in 1945. Many other nationals believe North Korea at best boasts a small number of rudimentary nuclear weapons.

The news report claimed the weapon was created to fit atop an intercontinental ballistic missile. A quake's magnitude is used in calculating a nuclear device's yield.

Tensions between North Korea and the worldwide community flared again last week after Pyongyang flew a missile over Japan. Zerbo of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization told CNN it was likely caused by the initial blast.

The test was a "perfect success" and the final step in attaining "state nuclear force", announced long-time news anchor Ri Chun Hee in a televised announcement Sunday.

If confirmed, the latest test would be Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test since it declared itself a nuclear power in 2005.

South Korea has refuted a news report that there was a second natural disaster near North Korea's nuclear test site.


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