N.Korea Conducts Fresh Nuke Test

      September 09, 2016 13:09

      A seismic tremor was detected near North Korea's nuclear test site on Friday morning, suggesting that North Korea has conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test so far.

      The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said it detected a 5.0-magnitutde tremor in Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province. A tremor of similar strength was recorded when the North carried out the fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6.

      Reuters cited an expert as saying the seismic magnitude and surface level "indicated a blast with a 20- to 30-kiloton yield. Such a yield would make this test, if confirmed, larger than the nuclear bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in World War II and potentially bigger than that dropped on Nagasaki soon after."

      A Defense Ministry official here said, "We believe the North conducted a nuclear test this morning and are working to find out more about it." He added that it seems to have been the biggest test so far with a yield of 10 kilotons, compared to 6 kilotons in the previous test.

      President Park Geun-hye was swift to accuse the North of "maniacal recklessness' in conducting yet another test in the face of intense global condemnation and heavy sanctions.

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