South Korea says it’s investigating whether North Korea has conducted another nuclear weapons test after a suspicious quake was detected early Wednesday morning near a known nuclear test facility in the North.
Zerbo urged North Korea to refrain from further nuclear testing and join the 183 states who have signed the treaty.
“They could have tested some middle stage kind (of device) between an A-bomb and H-bomb, but unless they come up with any clear evidence, it is hard to trust their claim”. Fusion is the main principle behind the hydrogen bomb, which can be hundreds of times more powerful than atomic weapons that use fission.
“The Foreign Ministry is now holding a meeting presided over by the minister to immediately determine the situation following the reports”, a ministry official said, according to the South Korean news agency. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to journalists at his official residence in Tokyo after North Korea said it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016.
“I strongly condemn this”, Abe told reporters.
White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price released a statement calling any potential test a violation of global law. The claim of miniaturising, which would allow the device to be adapted as a weapon and placed on a missile, would also pose a new threat to the United States and its regional allies, Japan and South Korea.
A confirmed test would mark another big step toward Pyongyang’s goal of building a warhead that can be mounted on a missile capable of reaching the USA mainland.
Last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un suggested Pyongyang had already developed a hydrogen bomb, but the claim was questioned by worldwide experts and scepticism continued over Wednesday’s test announcement. The six-party talks are comprised of United States, North Korea, South Korea, China, Japan and Russian Federation.
But, he wrote on the North Korea-focused 38 North website, “The North has now had a nuclear weapons program for more than 20 years”.
After the North’s third atomic test, in February, 2013, Pyongyang launched a campaign of bellicose rhetoric that included threats to launch a nuclear attack on the United States and Seoul.
Yonhap news agency reported that quake monitoring agencies detected magnitudes of seismic activity of 3.7 in 2006; 4.5 in 2009 and 4.9 in 2013.
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