Published: Sun, September 03, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

5.6-magnitude quake detected in N.Korea

5.6-magnitude quake detected in N.Korea

South Korea's presidential office said it will hold a National Security Council meeting chaired by President Moon Jae-in.

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

Japan and South Korea recorded major tremors from a device designed for a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and several times more powerful than an atomic bomb.

Pyongyang has today claimed it has successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb meant to be loaded into an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The latest test is likely to again increase tensions between the USA and North Korea. The report came just days after a Trump administration ban on travel by Americans to North Korea took effect.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was quick to express condemnation.

Juche is North Korea's homegrown ruling ideology that is a combination of Marxism and extreme nationalism preached by state founder Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather. That would be 3:30 p.m.in Seoul and Tokyo, and 2:30 a.m. EDT.

Previous recent tremors in the region have been caused by nuclear tests.

The North's Korean Central Television said earlier that the ruling party's political bureau standing committee held a meeting Sunday morning presided over by leader Kim Jong-un and made a decision to conduct the test.

Secretive weapons programmeEarthquake and Volcano of the Korea Monitoring Division Director Ryoo Yong-gyu speaks in front of a screen showing about artificial natural disaster in North Korea. That was revised up from an initial report of 5.6.

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It's the rogue nation's sixth nuclear test since 2006 and the first with U.S. President Donald Trump in power.

It is clear, however, that each new missile and nuclear test gives the North invaluable information that allows big jumps in capability. "But the North Korean people pay a very high price for this". Its military said it has strengthened its monitoring and readiness while considering a variety of possible responses in collaboration with the US.

Kim met with nuclear scientists and "watched an H-bomb to be loaded into new ICBM", KCNA said.

When news first broke of the seismic activity, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the seismic activity was artificial. "That scale is to the level where anyone can say a hydrogen bomb test".

Witnesses in the Chinese city of Yanji, on the border with North Korea, said they felt a tremor that lasted roughly 10 seconds, followed by an aftershock.

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. North Korea conducted its fifth test last September.

An undated photo of the North Korean leader "providing guidance" with the hydrogen bomb accompanied the claim.

"It shows (North Korea) is not only threatening assured destruction of the USA and allied cities in the event it is attacked, but also that (North Korea) is considering limited coercive nuclear strikes, or is seeking credible response options for US ones".

The development comes amid heightened regional tension following launch of an intermediate-range missile by North Korea that flew over Japan.

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