Tremor detected in N.Korea after sixth nuclear test

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides guidance on a nuclear weapons program in this undated

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides guidance on a nuclear weapons program in this undated

National Security Director Chung Eui-yong said Moon will seek every available measure, including new United Nations sanctions or the deployment of more US military assets, to further isolate Pyongyang.

It claimed the device could be mounted on its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missiles, which experts have said are capable of reaching the USA mainland.

The North conducted two nuclear tests previous year alone.

State news anchor Ri Chun Hee hailed the test as a "perfect success" and the final step in attaining a "state nuclear force", which North Korea sees as crucial in order deter any adversaries from invasion or attempting regime change. "Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and unsafe to the United States", Trump tweeted.

"Despite the anger of the Chinese public toward North Korea's new nuclear test, we should avoid resorting to rash and extreme means by imposing a full embargo on North Korea", it said in an editorial.

Last week, it tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japanese territory in what analysts said was a demonstration of its capability to strike the US island of Guam in the western Pacific.

Last September, a North Korean nuclear test registered as a 5.3-magnitude quake on a national holiday marking the 68th anniversary of the formation of the communist regime by Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather. The U.S. on Thursday had sent the bombers and F-35 stealth fighters to the skies of South Korea in a show of force - and North Korea strongly protested.

The Korea Meteorological Administration initially put the scale of the natural disaster at magnitude 5.7. and said that the seismic wave was recorded at 12.36 p.m.

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

Tensions between North Korea and the global community flared last week, when Pyongyang flew a ballistic missile for the first time over Japan. Another photo showed a diagram on the wall behind Kim of a bomb mounted inside a cone.

Earlier in the day, the party's newspaper ran a front-page story showing photos of Kim examining what it said was a nuclear warhead being fitted onto the nose of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

China's foreign ministry went so far as to blame the USA and South Korea for conducting a large, week-long military drill that has historically provoked Kim. Outside experts suggested the yield of the device tested Sunday might be in that ballpark, though closer to the lower range.

Japan said it had deployed "sniffer" planes capable of detecting radioactive fallout which can give clues to the type of device detonated, although in the past evidence has been elusive.

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"The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea", the president said in a tweet.

To back up its claims to nuclear mastery, such tests are vital.

January 6, 2016: Conducts its fourth underground nuclear test, which it says was a hydrogen bomb - a claim doubted by most experts. The power of a hydrogen bomb means that the North Koreans would still be able to inflict significant damage to the United States without the need for their missiles to be particularly accurate.

North Korea has stated it is, at least in part, responding to Washington's decision to hold the exercises, which ended last week. Even North Korea's very active missile program took nearly two decades from when it first began testing long-range rockets to having an apparently functional ICBM.

"There has been a lot of exaggerating recently about the capabilities of the missiles the North possesses and has been testing", he said.

North Korea is thought to have a growing arsenal of nuclear bombs and has spent decades trying to flawless a multistage, long-range missile to eventually carry smaller versions of those bombs.

South Korea's main spy agency has previously asserted that it does not think Pyongyang now has the ability to develop miniaturised nuclear weapons that can be mounted on long-range ballistic missiles.

US President Donald Trump has labelled North Korea "an embarrassment".

The statement did not say whether the conversation came before or after the North's latest claim that its leader has inspected the loading of a hydrogen bomb into a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

It has defied United Nations sanctions and worldwide pressure to develop nuclear weapons and to test missiles which could potentially reach the mainland US. It added that North Korea risked "serious consequences".

She said: "This is now even more pressing".

Hydrogen or H-bombs, also known as thermonuclear weapons, work on fusion and are far more powerful, with a nuclear blast taking place first to create the intense temperatures required.

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