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North Korea conducts test of a hydrogen bomb meant for an ICBM

03 September 2017

Soon after the tremors, the South Korean military said, "The 5.6 quake that struck North Korea was artificial, analyzing to see if it was a nuclear test".

The U.S. Geological Survey said it recorded a 6.3-magnitude quake on Sunday, described as a "possible explosion", near North Korea's known nuclear test site in the northeast.

But Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that he had spoken with Trump by phone and said close cooperation between their countries and South Korea was needed in face of the "escalating" situation with North Korea.

North Korea carried out two nuclear tests last year, the last almost a year ago, on the 9 September anniversary of the nation's founding.

The same news outlet published images earlier Sunday showing leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a new H-bomb warhead.

The blast, which came almost a year after the North's fifth nuclear test, appeared to be the most powerful yet, according to South Korea's weather agency. South Korea's military said it has strengthened its monitoring and readiness while mulling a variety of possible responses that could be executed in collaboration with the U.S.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was present as scientists loaded a hydrogen bomb onto a missile, according to unconfirmed reports in North Korean state-run media.

North Korea's Hwasong-14 is a powerful ICBM that can range most of the continental USA, according to leading experts.

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A report also adds that the language behind this statement is a clear signal that Pyongyang is indeed planning to conduct its sixth nuclear weapon test.

Juche is North Korea's homegrown ruling ideology that is a combination of Marxism and extreme nationalism preached by state founder Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in offered talks to Kim in July, but North Korea hasn't responded.

The Japanese government concluded that the tremor was a nuclear explosion based on seismological data, the foreign minister said in a live television broadcast.

However, U.S. officials remain skeptical of the claims, with many left questioning whether Pyongyang has actually managed to successfully miniaturise its weapons, or whether it even has a working H-bomb.

The weapon is also said to have been built with North Korean-made components, a fact that means the country can build as many nuclear weapons as it wants.

South Korea's National Intelligence Service warned Monday that its neighbor might be preparing its sixth nuclear weapon test from a nuclear test site in Punggye-ri.

North Korea conducts test of a hydrogen bomb meant for an ICBM