North Korea conducts its 5th nuclear test and is claimed to be the biggest and most powerful test yet based on the seismic activity recorded near North Korea test site. North Korea detonated a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on ballistic missiles that could be aimed at its enemies. The test took place at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, in the north-east of the country, at around 9:30am as North Korea marked the 68th anniversary of the founding of the regime. Seismic monitors detected the blast immediately, recording it as a 5.3- magnitude artificial earthquake near the North Korea’s main nuclear site.
The North’s state TV said the test “examined and confirmed” the design of a nuclear warhead intended for placement on a ballistic missile. It said there was no leakage of radioactivity. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection said radiation levels in its border region with North Korea were normal.
“The blast is believed to have been about 10 kilotons, the most powerful by the North so far”, officials of the Defence Ministry in South Korea told Yonhap News. In addition to January’s nuclear test, North Korea has tested a number of ballistic missiles, including some launched from a submarine last month and three more launched from land this week. The previous test had a yield between 6-9 kilotons. South Korean President Park Geun-hye called Kim Jong Un’s regime “fanatically reckless.”
“The only thing that Kim Jong Un regime can gain from the nuclear tests is stronger sanctions from the international community and its isolation. Such provocation will eventually hasten its path to self-destruction,” she said in a statement. Sanctions against the regime, targeting the North Korean leader personally, have had little effect.
The world leader condemned the test, saying it was a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions. The Security Council met and “strongly condemned” the test as “a clear threat to international peace and security.”Previous Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from conducting nuclear tests and launching ballistic missiles. After North Korea’s test in January, the council imposed a round of sanctions two months later.The sanctions included banning Pyongyang from exporting most of its natural resources, prohibiting the supply of aviation fuel and the sale of small arms to North Korea, and requiring the inspection of all North Korean planes and ships carrying cargo abroad.
U.S. President Barack Obama warned North Korea that it will face “consequences to its unlawful and dangerous actions.” Obama said he spoke to the leaders of South Korea and Japan by phone, and that they agreed to “take additional significant steps, including new sanctions.”
“To be clear, the United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state,” Obama said in a statement.
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