An earthquake measuring 6.3 struck North Korea today, suggesting the reclusive country may have conducted a sixth nuclear test. The US Geological Survey said the quake struck 55 km north-northwest of Kimchaek. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. China’s Earthquake Administration described the tremor as a suspected explosion.
The administration said in a statement on its website that the quake, which occurred around 11.30am local time, was recorded at a depth of zero kilometres. Previous recent tremors in the region have been caused by nuclear tests. The tremor comes hours after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was pictured with what state media said was a new type of hydrogen bomb.
North Korea’s biggest nuclear test to date was condemned around the world today. US President, Donald Trump tweeted that North Korea has conducted a major nuclear test and their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.
Britain’s Foreign Minister Boris Johnson called the nuclear test by North Korea reckless and a provocation. He told Sky news that they seem to be moving closer towards a hydrogen bomb which, if fitted to a successful missile, would unquestionably present a new order of threat.
French President Emmanuel Macron urged the United Nations Security Council to react quickly and decisively.
China, the only North Korean ally, urged its neighbour to stop wrong actions that worsen the situation. It said it would fully enforce U.N. resolutions on the country. The country’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website that Pyongyang has ignored the international community’s widespread opposition again carrying out a nuclear test. It said, China’s government expresses resolute opposition and strong condemnation toward this.
Russia has slammed North Korea nuclear test and urged all sides involved to hold talks to resolve the Korean peninsula’s problems.
The foreign ministry said in a statement in Moscow that the leadership of North Korea is creating a serious threat for the region and warned that the continuation of such a line is fraught with serious consequences.
Japan’s Prime minister also slammed the nuclear test today as absolutely unacceptable and said Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes now pose a more grave and urgent threat to his country.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, called the nuclear test, Pyongyang’s sixth since 2006, an extremely regrettable act that was in complete disregard of the repeated demands of the international community.
North Korea said it tested a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on a missile and that its biggest ever nuclear detonation had been a perfect success. Japan and South Korea said it was around 10 times more powerful than the tremor picked up after the last test a year ago.