Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

North Korea Quake Seems Related to Nuclear Test, Says Yonhap

North Korean missles GETTY WAR North Korea have been stepping up operations
Christy Curtis | 04 September, 2017, 07:28

The North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the new bomb was made entirely within the country. But world reaction was swift and angry.

The report comes after an quake in the northeast region of North Korea.

"The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of close cooperation between the United States, Japan, and South Korea in the face of the growing threat from North Korea", the White House says.

North Korea has said it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb created to be mounted on its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), producing a greater yield than any of its previous nuclear tests. China, the North's sole remaining major ally, issued a "strong condemnation" of the test, which overshadowed the opening of the BRICS summit in Xiamen by leader Xi Jinping.

"It is absolutely unacceptable if North Korea did force another nuclear test, and we must protest strongly", Mr Abe said.

EMP waves can disable all sorts of electrical devices, but their biggest threat is to the electrical grid and long-haul communications, a previously published Energy Department report said.

While the type of bomb used and its size have not been independently verified, if true, the pariah state is a significant step closer to being able to fire a nuclear warhead to the USA mainland, as it has repeatedly threatened it could if provoked. Mogherini said she will meet on September 4 with Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to discuss North Korea.

Japan said it had concluded there was a nuclear test.

It has been subjected to seven rounds of United Nations Security Council sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, but always insists it will continue to pursue them. The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to tighten sanctions that targeted about a third of North Korea's $3 billion in exports. Hopefully Donald Trump will put an end to North Korea's nuclear capabilities by either, preferably, getting them to surrender their nukes - or, in the absence of that, going to war with North Korea before they develop ICBM's that can successfully deliver nukes to the U.S. mainland.

He said New Zealand would join the worldwide community in considering what measures can be taken.

"(We) are closely monitoring the North Korean military's move under South Korea-U.S. coordination". It says its weapons programs are needed to counter USA aggression.

President Moon Jae-in convened a National Security Council (NSC) session Sunday, shortly after South Korea's weather agency detected a magnitude 5.7 quake from North Korea's nuclear test site in a sign of another strategic provocation. It was even detected as far away as Germany.

North Korea is believed to have conducted a test after a magnitude 5.7 natural disaster was detected earlier Sunday.

Pyongyang triggered a new rise in tensions in July, when it carried out two successful tests of an ICBM which apparently brought much of the USA mainland within range.

Tuesday, Pyongyang launched an intermediate-range missile, identified by the North Koreans as the Hwasong-12, over Japan.

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

It came hours after Pyongyang said it had miniaturised a hydrogen bomb for use on a long-range missile, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was pictured with what state media said was a new type of hydrogen bomb.

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