North Korea has claimed to have conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday in the form of an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile.
The North called it a “perfect success” while its neighbours condemned the blast immediately.
China’s foreign ministry said in a statement that the Chinese government has “expressed firm opposition and strong condemnation” and urged North Korea to “stop taking erroneous actions that deteriorate the situation.”South Korea held a National Security Council meeting chaired by Moon. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called the test “absolutely unacceptable.”
South Korea’s weather agency said the artificial earthquake it caused was five to six times stronger than tremors generated by its previous tests. It reportedly shook buildings in China and in Russia.
The test was carried out at 12:29 p.m. local time at the Punggye-ri site where North Korea has also conducted past nuclear tests.
The two Koreas have shared the world’s most heavily fortified border since their war in the early 1950s ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. About 28,500 American troops are deployed in South Korea as deterrence against North Korea.