North Korea has conducted a fifth nuclear test, its most powerful to date.
South Korea believes it to be the North’s biggest ever test, reportedly North Korea has made significant nuclear advances.
According to South Korean and Japanese estimates, the nuclear yield was about 10kt, generating about a 5.3 magnitude seismic shock and acknowledged that this nuclear test has the highest yield to date
In October 2006, the country announced it had successfully conducted its first nuclear test. An underground nuclear explosion was detected, its yield was estimated as less than a kiloton, and some radioactive output was detected.
The test was conducted on the 68th anniversary of the founding of North Korea, on 9 September 1948.
The state’s previous nuclear test was conducted 8 months earlier in January 2016 and drew sharp international condemnations. Despite calls from China and Russia to return to the Six-party talks, the DPRK is still pushing for its nuclear and missile ambitions.
he Japanese military has also since dispatched 2 military jets to measure radiation while South Korea president, Park Geun-hye has denounced Kim Jong Un’s “maniacal recklessness” following the alleged test.
The Foreign Ministry of China issued a statement condemning the latest nuclear test, criticising North Korea for “disregarding” the international objections. The statement repeated China’s previous calls for North Korea to cease any behaviour that “worsens the situation” in the Korean peninsula and declared its “resolute opposition” to the test.
Ned Price, a US National Security Council spokesman, said:
“We are aware of seismic activity on the Korean Peninsula in the vicinity of a known North Korean nuclear test site. We are monitoring and continuing to assess the situation in close coordination with our regional partners.”