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BREAKING: World Wakes to Shock As North Korea Tests Powerful Nuke – Causes Mag 6.3 Tremor – China Strongly Condemns

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A 6.3 tremor was logged by 35 monitoring stations this morning as reports confirm North Korea has tested the largest nuclear weapon they’ve tested to date. The nuclear weapon test occurred in an underground facility and North Korea claims the nuke is being designed a long range ICBM.

Reports have the nuke test estimated at 100 kilotons, about 5 times larger than the nuke the U.S. dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. It was 10 times larger than any nuclear weapon ever tested by North Korea.

China immediately moved to strongly condemn the test.

China strongly condemned North Korea’s Sunday nuclear test, slamming Pyongyang for ignoring international condemnation of its atomic weapons programme.

North Korea “has ignored the international community’s widespread opposition, again carrying out a nuclear test. China’s government expresses resolute opposition and strong condemnation toward this,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on its website.

“We strongly urge the DPRK (North Korea) to face the strong will of denuclearisation from the international community, earnestly abide by the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council, stop taking mistaken actions which worsen the situation and are also not in line with its own interests, and effectively return to the track of solving the problem through dialogue,” it added.

The test was North Korea’s sixth and far more powerful than any weapon it has previously detonated.

Pyongyang declared the test of what it called a hydrogen bomb to be a “perfect success.”

This is not a good moment for our nation as action against North Korea will now be escalated at a rapid pace.

More via WSJ.

South Korea’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, said after a 90-minute emergency meeting of the National Security Council that Seoul would consider the possible deployment of what he described as the “most powerful strategic assets that the U.S. possesses,” without elaborating, according to a statement from the presidential Blue House.

The phrase “strategic assets” typically refers to stealth bombers, aircraft carriers or possibly nuclear weapons. The U.S. withdrew the last of its nuclear weapons from South Korea in 1991.

Mr. Chung, who also spoke by phone with Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, his counterpart at the White House, said that Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, had called for the “strongest punitive measures” against Pyongyang. That includes diplomatic measures and a new United Nations Security Council resolution to “completely isolate North Korea.”

More to come as reports update.

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