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North Korea claims it can load hydrogen bomb onto ‘long-range missile’

3 September 2017 1:23 PM
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North Korea claims it can load hydrogen bomb onto ‘long-range missile’

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A possible North Korean nuclear test has been detected after a 5.6 magnitude tremor on the peninsula.

DONALD Trump ​called North Korea’s most recent nuclear test “hostile and dangerous” and said the outlaw regimen can “only understand one thing.”

​“South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!” Mr Trump tweeted​ on Sunday​.

​He said North Korean President Kim Jong-un’s regime’s military provocations continue to be a threat to the United States.

​​“North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States,” the commander-in-chief tweeted.

​The presidential tweet​s​ came a few hours after North Korea​’s ​state media claimed it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb meant to fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The White House says Donald Trump will meet with his national security team on North Korea today.

Pyongyang has long sought the means to deliver an atomic warhead to the United States, its sworn enemy, and the test will infuriate Washington and regional powers.

The UN’s atomic watchdog condemned the latest test, saying it was “extremely regrettable and violated the international community’s repeated demands.

Japan’s government and the South Korean military also confirmed the nuke test after two earthquakes struck the region.

The first 6.3 magnitude “artificial quake” was five to six times more powerful than the tremor from Pyongyang’s fifth test, the South’s weather agency said. It took place near North Korea’s nuclear test site and drove its nuclear crisis response team into operation.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull condemned the nuke test and called on the United Nations to take further action against the “dangerous pariah regimen”.

“Australia utterly condemns North Korea’s flagrant defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions, which ban nuclear weapons development and testing by Kim Jong-un’s regimen,” Mr Turnbull said in a joint statement with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Marise Payne.

While there’s no independent confirmation of the bomb, the Australian government says this marks North Korea’s sixth nuclear test.

“North Korea’s reckless conduct poses a grave danger to global peace and security,” Mr Turnbull said.

Russia urged calm as it slammed North Korea after Pyongyang said it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.

“This latest demonstrative disregard by Pyongyang of the requirements of the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and the norms of international law deserves the strongest condemnation,” the foreign ministry in Moscow said.

The ministry said it regretted that the leadership of North Korea was “creating a serious threat” for the region and warned that “the continuation of such a line is fraught with serious consequences” for Pyongyang.

“In the unfolding conditions, it is imperative to remain calm and to refrain from any actions that lead to a further escalation of tension,” a statement said.

“We call on all interested parties to immediately return to dialogue and negotiations as the only possible way for an overall settlement of the problems of the Korean peninsula,” it said.

The ministry insisted Moscow remained committed to a joint Russian-Chinese proposal that would see Pyongyang halt weapons tests in return for the US suspending military exercises in the region.

A jubilant newsreader on state television hailed the “unprecedentedly large” blast, adding the device could be mounted on a missile.

It “marked a very significant occasion in attaining the final goal of completing the state nuclear force”, she added.

French President Emmanuel Macron called Sunday for a “very firm” response by the international community to North Korea’s announcement that it had successfully tested a nuclear bomb.

“The international community must be very firm in its handling of this latest provocation,” he said in a statement, calling on the UN Security Council to “quickly react” to the escalation.

Japan’s prime minister slammed North Korea’s nuclear test on Sunday as “absolutely unacceptable” and said its nuclear and missile programs now pose a “more grave and urgent” threat to his country.

“The fact that North Korea forced through a nuclear test this time is absolutely unacceptable to our country,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a statement.

Hours before the nuke test, North Korea claimed it had developed a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded into the country’s new intercontinental ballistic missile.

KCNA said Kim Jong-un had inspected such a device at the Nuclear Weapons Institute.

Photographs showed Kim in black suit examining a metal casing with two bulges.

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 US mainland within range.

It was a “thermonuclear weapon with super explosive power made by our own efforts and technology”, KCNA cited Kim as saying, and “all components of the H-bomb were 100 per cent domestically made”.

It has since threatened to send a salvo of rockets towards the US territory of Guam, and last week fired a missile over Japan and into the Pacific, the first time it has ever acknowledged doing so.

US President Donald Trump has warned Pyongyang that it faces a rain of “fire and fury”, and that Washington’s weapons are “locked and loaded”.

After Pyongyang carried out its fourth nuclear test, in January 2016, it claimed that the device was a miniaturised H-bomb, which has the potential to be far more powerful than other nuclear devices.

But scientists said the six-kiloton yield achieved then was far too low for a thermonuclear device.

When it carried out its fifth test, in September 2016, it did not say it was a hydrogen bomb.

The North had “further upgraded its technical performance at a higher ultra-modern level on the basis of precious successes made in the first H-bomb test”, KCNA said today, adding that Kim “set forth tasks to be fulfilled in the research into nukes”.

Actually mounting a warhead onto a missile would amount to a significant escalation on the North’s part, as it would create a risk that it was preparing an attack.


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