North Korea claims it detonated a hydrogen bomb, possibly triggering an artificial earthquake. This marks North Korea’s 6th nuclear test overall, and the first since last year at this time.
The detonation happened at 12:29 p.m. local time at the Punggye-ri site. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it resulted in a magnitude 6.3 earthquake in North Korea.
Hours before the detonation, photos emerged online revealing North Korea’s rogue leader inspecting a new thermonuclear warhead in a lab.
President Donald J. Trump reacted to the nuclear test on Sunday, writing a 3-part tweet that when put together reads: “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. South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!”
According to Fox News, “the test was estimated to have a yield of 100 kilotons, meaning a blast that was four to five times more powerful than the explosion in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945, a South Korean defense official told the country’s Yonhap News Agency.
Pentagon officials told Fox News early Sunday that the U.S. government would have no official response until after the U.S. fully assesses what happened.
South Korea’s presidential office said the security chiefs for Seoul and Washington have spoken. The office said U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster spoke with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, for 20 minutes in an emergency phone call about an hour after the detonation.
The epicenter was determined to be at a well-known North Korean test site, according to media reports. U.S. intelligence agencies have been closely watching the test site since at least March, when initial signs of test preparations were visible.
U.S. officials at the time told Fox News to expect a nuclear test in the near future. Now, more than five months later, the rogue communist regime appears to have followed through.”
Reportedly, the U.S. Air Force will be sending out “sniffer” planes near North Korea to confirm radioactive particles are present.
The quake was detected at 12:36 p.m. in North Korea’s North Hamgyeong province. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
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