North Korean bomb prompts global condemnation, calls for talks

North Korean bomb prompts global condemnation, calls for talks

Ronald Pratt
September 3, 2017

In a statement published by his office, Mr Macron said: "The President of the Republic calls on the members of the United Nations Security Council to quickly react to this new violation by North Korea of worldwide law".

According to Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff office, seismic waves measuring magnitude 5.7 were detected from Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province in northeastern region of North Korea at 12:29 p.m. Punggye-ri is the site of Pyongyang's previous nuclear tests.

"Possible explosion, located near the site where North Korea has detonated nuclear explosions in the past", read a statement on the USGS website.

Korea's Meteorological Agency said North Korea's artificial quake was almost 10 times more powerful than the one triggered by its fifth nuclear test.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono was the first to confirm the existence of the test based on data provided by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

North Korea triggered a new escalation of tensions in July, when it carried out two successful tests of an ICBM, the Hwasong-14, which apparently brought much of the United States mainland within range.

Beijing's response was predictable - condemnation, urging an end to provocation and dialogue.

Hydrogen or H-bombs, also known as thermonuclear weapons, work on fusion and are far more powerful, with a nuclear blast taking place first to create the intense temperatures required.

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An quake registering 6.3 was detected in the secretive state on Sunday 75km (45 miles) north-northwest of Kimchaek, where previous tests have been carried out.

Michael Spavor, director of the Paektu Cultural Exchange, which promotes business and cultural ties with North Korea, said he was eating brunch when he felt the building shake for about five seconds, followed by city air raid sirens.

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.

Sunday's detonation builds on recent North Korean advances that include test launches in July of two ICBMs that are believed to be capable of reaching the mainland United States.

"We can not deny it was an H-bomb test", Onodera said. After Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile over Japan last week, he tweeted that "talking is not the answer". North Korea's previous largest was thought to be anywhere from 10 to 30 kilotons. The statement did not say whether the conversation came before or after the North's latest claim.

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 long-range ballistic missiles.

"They only understand one thing!" the US President added. About 28,500 American troops are deployed in South Korea as deterrence against North Korea.

Meantime, questions remain over whether nuclear-armed Pyongyang has successfully miniaturised its weapons, and whether it has a working H-bomb, but KCNA said that leader Kim Jong-un had inspected such a device at the Nuclear Weapons Institute.