Trump condemns rogue nation as North Korea detonates sixth and most powerful nuclear test
North Korea detonate sixth and most powerful nuclear test
David Millward, us correspondent Neil Connor, beijing
3 SEPTEMBER 2017 • 12:41PM
North Korea claims to have tested a hydrogen bomb, says it was a 'complete success'
Japan, South Korea and China criticise the test
China Earthquake Administration reports "massive explosion"
North Korea claims to have developed bomb with great destructive power
Report said the blast is up to five times the strength of the Nagasaki bomb
North Korea has carried out its biggest ever nuclear test, a direct challenge to Donald Trump and a provocation which will sharply raise tensions in north-east Asia.
The blast drew strong condemnation from Japan, South Korea and China, with Beijing urging Pyongyang to stop its “wrong” actions.
Japan said the explosion was ten times the strength of Pyongyang’s test last September, while reports in South Korea said it was up to five times more powerful than the Nagasaki bomb in 1945.
Fears that Kim Jong-un's regime had carried out the country's sixth nuclear test came after an earthquake was detected in the reclusive state’s north-east.
US President Donald Trump tweeted: "North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.
"North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success."Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson described the test as "reckless", and that it "could represent a new order of threat". He added that "all options are on the table".
North Korea state television said Pyongyang had tested a hydrogen bomb, and the test was a 'complete success'.
"The H-bomb test was carried out to examine and confirm the accuracy and credibility of the power control technology, and internal structural design newly introduced into manufacturing the H-bomb to be placed as the payload of the ICBM," said North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency.
Only a few hours before the blast, North Korea said it had developed a H-bomb with "great destructive power" capable of fitting on an intercontinental ballistic missile.
According to the China's Earthquake Administration, the earthquake it detected measured 6.3 magnitude.
Tremors from the explosion were felt by residents of Jilin, Changchun and Baishan cities, in China’s north-eastern Jilin province, state broadcaster China Central Television said.
Residents of Vladivostok, on Russian’s eastern coast, close to the North Korean border, also reported feeling tremors at the time the nuclear test was triggered.
There have been no reports of radioactive abnormalities in Russia so far.
China has started emergency monitoring for radiation at its border areas with North Korea. The Envioronment Ministry said it initiated a level-2 emergency plan, the second-highest level, hours after the test.
Meanwhile, Japan said it had deployed “sniffer” jets to detect whether there had been any leaks of radiation.
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South Korean President Moon Jae-In called for the "strongest punishment" against North Korea, including new United Nations sanctions..
Mr Moon called for "all diplomatic measures including UNSC (security council) sanctions resolutions to completely isolate North Korea", an official said after an emergency National Security Council meeting.
China – North Korea’s key economic trading partner – also strongly condemned the nuclear test and criticised Pyongyang for ignoring international condemnation of its atomic weapons programme.
A Chinese foreign ministry statement said North Korea "has ignored the international community's widespread opposition, again carrying out a nuclear test. China's government expresses resolute opposition and strong condemnation toward this."
The statement urged North Korea to “stop wrong actions that will worsen conditions.”
A Japanese official suggested that restrictions on oil-products could be enforced on Pyongyang. The impoverished state relies on supplies of oil from China to survive.Before the test, KCNA had released pictures of Kim in a black suit examining a metal casing with two bulges.
It was a "thermonuclear weapon with super explosive power made by our own efforts and technology", KCNA said, with the agency adding that "all components of the H-bomb were 100 percent domestically made".
Some have questioned whether Pyongyang has a working H-bomb.
But if North Korea's claims are true, the ability to mount a warhead on a missile would be seen as a significant escalation, creating a risk that it was preparing for an attack.
The announcement came after a series of tests by the North Korean regime, including one which saw a missile fly over Japan.
Earlier this month Pyongyang said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike the US territory of Guam with missiles.
Donald Trump warned that if the regime did so it would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen".
At the same time the US has agreed to revise a treaty capping the development of South Korea's ballistic missiles.
Following Pyongyang's announcement, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke with Donald Trump by phone and said that in face of an "escalating" situation with North Korea that close cooperation between their countries, South Korea and China was needed.