North Korea conducts 'successful' H-bomb test

North Korea Reveals Shocking Images Of Possible H-Bomb Warhead

North Korea Reveals Shocking Images Of Possible H-Bomb Warhead

North Korea's sixth nuclear test went off precisely at noon Sunday Pyongyang time, according to the South Korean and Japanese governments, as well as numerous nongovernment experts in the United States.

United States monitors measured a 6.3-magnitude tremor near the North's main testing site site at Punggye-ri.

The military said it was analysing whether the temblor came from a nuke test, reports Yonhap News Agency.

The alleged artificial quake was identified at 12.30am local time in the areas around the North Hamgyeong province, according to South Korea's weather agency.

There are concerns North Korea has conducted yet another nuclear test, despite repeated global warnings not to, after a magnitude 6.3 explosion was detected in the country.

South Korea and Japan are gathering and analyzing data to confirm details of the test, which Japanese Minister Shinzo Abe said could not be tolerated.

South Korea's President is to chair a National Security Council meeting.

It came as US and South Korean forces were nearing the end of the 10-day annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint exercises, which the North regards as a rehearsal for invasion. A key question is how far North Korea has gotten in efforts to consistently shrink down nuclear warheads so they can fit on long-range missiles.

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Kim met with nuclear scientists and "watched an H-bomb to be loaded into new ICBM", KCNA said.

North Korea conducted its fifth test last September.

Donald Trump has previously threatened North Korea with "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if they continued threatening his country and its territory of Guam.

Initial reports from the US Geological Survey put the tremor at 5.6 magnitude with a depth of 10km but this was later upgraded to 6.3 magnitude at 0km.

Experts are sceptical about the claim that Pyongyang has mastered hydrogen technology, but it is nearly impossible to independently confirm statements about its highly secret weapons programme.

The development comes amid heightened regional tension following launch of an intermediate-range missile by North Korea that flew over Japan.

Experts and officials have said North Korea could conduct its sixth nuclear test at any time, and that the reclusive country has maintained a readiness at its nuclear test site to conduct another detonation test.

Today the state-run Korean Central News Agency released photos of Kim Jong Un inspecting what his government described as a hydrogen bomb that could be attached to a missile capable of reaching the mainland United States.

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