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North Korea conducts sixth nuclear test, confirms Japan

North Korea conducts sixth nuclear test, confirms Japan

Analysts say Kim wants nuclear power-to nuclear power conversation with the US without the South's involvement.

But as NPR's Elise Hu reported, Jenny Town, the assistant director of the U.S. -Korea Institute at John Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies says a policy of increasing pressure is misconstrued as "hostility", which, Town argues, "justifies its need for nuclear weapons". The first involved what it claims to have been a hydrogen bomb and the second was its most powerful ever.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, speaking after a National Security Council meeting, said his government had confirmed that North Korea had carried out a nuclear test.

Earlier in the day, North Korea claimed that it has developed a hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on an ICBM.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been high since last month when North Korea threatened to launch missiles into the sea near the strategically located US Pacific territory of Guam after Trump said Pyongyang would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the US.

The United States Geological Survey detected an "explosion" measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale near Sungjibaegam in the country's north-east.

North Korea announced Sunday it successfully tested a hydrogen nuclear bomb that can be loaded onto a new intercontinental ballistic missile. The report could not be independently verified. Fears of an EMP strike by North Korea have circulated for years among some US policy makers, though others have openly dismissed the possibility of Pyongyang launching such a strike. This was also echoed by China's Earthquake Administration.

Japan has concluded that the tremors detected in North Korea were a nuclear explosion, marking the sixth atomic test by Pyongyang since 2006. It initially gave it a magnitude measurement of 5.6.

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A US official who studies North Korea's military and politics said that seismic data on the tremors was being analysed, although the location suggested another nuclear test.

North Korea is believed to have conducted a test after a magnitude 5.7 quake was detected earlier Sunday.

According to the Pyongyang's state media, the said bomb is supposed to be loaded right into an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The latest claim also comes as South Korea, the USA, and Japan press China to impose stronger economic measures to stop Kim's nuclear ambitions.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff reported a magnitude 5.6 quake.

It says it detected a seismic wave from 12:34 p.m.to 12:36 p.m. around Punggyeri, North Korea.

There's no confirmation of the North Koreans' ability to build a thermonuclear device or place it on top of an ICBM.

Muslims celebrate Festival of Sacrifice today
The day of Bakrid starts with the sacrifice of an animal, and thereby people exchange their wishes to each other by hugging. The rituals constitute a high point in the Hajj rituals, which have been underway in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, since Wednesday.

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