North Korea appears to have conducted nuclear test, South Korea says

Posted September 03, 2017

North Korea in July conducted its first ever ICBM tests, part of a stunning jump in progress for the country's nuclear and missile program since Kim rose to power.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono confirmed the test after several national geological agencies detected unusual seismic activity near the location of Pyongyang's previous tests in the country's northeast.

North Korea has developed a hydrogen bomb which can be mounted on a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Pyongyang's state media claimed Sunday.

The weapons tests include flight-testing developmental ICBMs and recently flying a ballistic missile over Japan as it bids to obtain a nuclear-armed missile.

North Korea leader Kim Jon Un speaks with scientists in a handout picture reporting to show the development of an atomic bomb.

While this is not the first time the North has claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, evidence suggests that this may be the real deal.

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North Korea is believed to have conducted a test after a magnitude 5.7 quake was detected earlier Sunday. Seoul officials revised their earlier estimate of 5.6 magnitude quake.

In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he "would not tolerate" another nuclear test.

Kim ordered his scientists to successfully conclude the final-stage research and development to make the state nuclear-force ideal, KCNA said. That would be 3:30 Seoul and Tokyo, and 2:30 a.m. EDT. The report could not be independently verified.

Indicating a military option to deal with North Korea, Trump Tweeted,"The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years".

Experts and officials have warned that North Korea could conduct its sixth nuclear test at any time, after conducting its last two in 2016. That was revised up from an initial report of 5.6.

North Korea also boasted that all of the components of the new weapon were "homemade", thus "enabling the country to produce powerful nuclear weapons, as many as it wants", without worrying about import sanctions.

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North Korea is suspected to have carried out yet another nuclear detonation as a quake of magnitude 6.3 was detected from the test site region.

South Korea's main spy agency has previously asserted that it does not think Pyongyang now has the ability to develop miniaturized nuclear weapons that can be mounted on ballistic missiles. North Korea's recent nuclear tests have also happened exactly on the hour.

North Korea is intent on developing a nuclear-armed ballistic missile capable of reaching the continental U.S. The regime is believed to have more than a dozen nuclear weapons and is now working to miniaturize one to fit on a missile.

The announcement came hours after an artificial natural disaster with a 5.7 magnitude was detected near North Korea's nuclear site in the northeastern area.

The test came hours after the North announced it had built an advanced thermonuclear hydrogen bomb. South Korea's military said it has strengthened its monitoring and readiness while mulling a variety of possible responses that could be executed in collaboration with the U.S.

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

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