North Korea nuclear test: Trump condemns 'hostile' move

North Korea nuclear test: Trump condemns 'hostile' move

In a high-level national security meeting, South Korean President Moon Jae-in called the move a "an absurd strategic mistake" that will lead to the worldwide community further isolating Pyongyang.

North Korea claims its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) tested twice in July can reach large parts of the mainland United States. It allows the weapons to pack a huge punch while fitting in a warhead small enough to be delivered by a missile.

The North has previously claimed to have successfully tested an H-bomb, after its fourth blast in January past year, but experts doubted the claim at the time, due to the relatively weak yield.

Finally, in a radio broadcast that had been trailed as a "major announcement", North Korean state media confirmed this was no quake.

For now, Putin has no plans to have a telephone call with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Peskov said on a conference call with reporters. As with the five earlier nuclear tests, there is fear of radiation leaks.

President Donald Trump warned Sunday that the U.S. was considering cutting economic ties with any countries that do business with North Korea.

But Suga stressed that the risk of radioactive material being released into the air from underground nuclear tests is "generally low".

U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and South Korean National Security Office chief Chung Eui-yong held a 20-minute phone call to discuss North Korea's nuclear test, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing South Korea's presidential office.

North Korea's recent activity has been especially bold.

World leaders have all condemned the test which could further tip the scales towards war in the volatile Korean Peninsula.

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In front of a backdrop of Mt Paektu, the dormant volcano on the Chinese border that is the fount of Korean nationhood, she trembled with excitement, smiling broadly as she pronounced the test's "perfect success".

Other cabinet officials indicated that the U.S. would continue increasing diplomatic pressure on North Korea to relinquish its nuclear program, a goal that has eluded United States leaders for decades, but has grown increasingly important following the country's escalating missile and weapons tests.

"North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test".

In a high-level national security meeting, South Korean President Moon Jae-in called the test "an absurd strategic mistake" that will lead to the global community further isolating Pyongyang.

Last month, North Korea threatened to launch missiles to hit the US Pacific territory of Guam after Trump said Pyongyang would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the US.

China's spokeswoman snapped that some parties appeared disinterested in peace talks and dialogue, only threats. The impact reportedly shook buildings in China and in Russian Federation.

Following today's reported nuclear bomb test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the head of the United Nations atomic agency has spoken against "an extremely regrettable act" that completely disregarded the worldwide community's repeated demands.

Pyongyang, anticipating oil sanctions, has reportedly been stockpiling fuel for months.

Trump's options to prevent North Korea twinning a nuclear device with an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States are narrowing, and with each North Korean move, the time available to act is running out.

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