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North Korea says it has loaded H-bomb onto ICBM

North Korea says it has loaded H-bomb onto ICBM”

South Korea's military said earlier Sunday that North Korea is believed to have conducted its sixth nuclear test after seismic waves were detected with a magnitude of 5.7.

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

North Korea's state broadcaster says an important announcement is coming at 3 p.m.in Pyongyang.

US National Security Adviser HR McMaster held an emergency call with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui Yong, after North Korea's sixth nuclear test.

"The scale of the energy was five to six times more powerful than the fifth nuclear test", Lee Mi-Sun, head of the Korea Meteorological Administration's quake and volcano centre, told a televised briefing.

"We will convene a National Security council meeting to gather and analyse the information", CNN quoted Abe as saying.

The tremors caused by North Korea's Sunday test were at least 10 times more powerful than the fifth test, Japanese officials said.

Hours earlier, the North released images of leader Kim Jong-Un at the Nuclear Weapons Institute, inspecting what it said was a miniaturised H-bomb that could be fitted onto an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

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

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

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and South Korea's Gen. Jeong Kyeong-doo discussed on phone the enhancemnet of military cooperation between Seoul and Washington and joint response to North Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported.

North Korea claims that it now has a more-developed hydrogen nuclear weapon that can be mounted on a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

Any such attack would likely escalate and restart an all-out war on the Korean Peninsula, which could cost millions of lives - and that's assuming China, an ally of North Korea, weren't to get involved. "Only North Korea can make this decision".

"Possible explosion, located near the site where North Korea has detonated nuclear explosions in the past", read a statement on the USGS website.

Japan Meteorological Agency also observed a magnitude-6.1 tremor in North Korea, which showed a different waveform from a natural quake around 12:31 p.m. local (11:31 p.m. ET). The nuclear test triggered a strong natural disaster.

Before the test was confirmed, Japanese Minister Shinzo Abe said that a nuclear test would not be tolerated.

The North conducted two nuclear tests a year ago alone.

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

Tensions between North Korea and the global community flared again last week after Pyongyang flew a missile over Japan. These tests, along with the ballistic missiles Pyongyang fires into the sea at a regular tempo, are all barred by U.N. Security Council resolutions.



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