World is shaken by North Korea with hydrogen bomb

SEOUL – Agence France-PresseNorth Korea said it detonated a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile on Sept. 2 and called its sixth and most powerful nuclear test a “perfect success,” sparking world condemnation and promises of tougher U.S. sanctions. Pyongyang residents threw their arms aloft in triumph as a jubilant television newsreader hailed the “unprecedentedly large” blast. It “marked a very significant occasion in attaining the final objective of completing the state nuclear force”, she added. But world reaction was swift and angry. U.S. President Donald Trump stated on Twitter Pyongyang’s “words and actions continue to be very aggressive and dangerous to the United States”. The U.S. leader refrained from direct threats but branded the North “a rogue nation that has become a great threat and humiliation to China, which is trying to help but with little success”. South Korea, Trump added, “is discovering, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea won’t work, they only know one thing!” The U.S. Treasury Department will prepare a package of sanctions that would “cut off North Korea economically”, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Hours before the test that the North had published pictures of leader Kim Jong-Un at the Atomic Weapons Institute, inspecting what it said was a miniaturised H-bomb that could be fitted onto an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). China, the North’s sole remaining major ally, issued a “strong condemnation” of the test, which overshadowed the opening of the BRICS summit in Xiamen by leader Xi Jinping. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explained it as “absolutely unacceptable” while Russia’s foreign ministry expressed “strongest condemnation” but urged calm. The European Union’s foreign policy chief said that the test represents a “major provocation” and “a grave threat to regional and worldwide security.” Federica Mogherini also said in a statement that Pyongyang “must abandon its nuclear, weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner and immediately cease all related tasks.” Mogherini said she will meet on Sept. 4 with Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to discuss North Korea. Amano also said the test is of “grave concern.” He urged Pyongyang to heed U.N. needs to stop these testing and mothball its nuclear program, adding that the IAEA “has been closely follow progress.” NATO’s secretary-general, meanwhile, has strongly condemned the test, calling it “yet another flagrant violation of numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions.” Jens Stoltenberg also said in a statement that “NATO is concerned by Pyongyang’s destabilizing pattern of behavior, which poses a threat to regional and worldwide security.” He called on North Korea to “immediately cease all present nuclear and ballistic missile activities in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible way, and re-engage in dialogue with the international community.” French President Emmanuel Macron called on the international community to react firmly to this “new provocation.” In Seoul, President Moon Jae-In known for new United Nations sanctions to “completely isolate North Korea” and said the South would discuss deploying “the most powerful strategic assets of the U.S. military.” The U.S. and South Korean military chiefs spoke by phone and agreed the test was “a provocation that can’t be overlooked,” Seoul’s Defense Ministry said in a statement. The chairmen of the joint chiefs of staff, General Jeong Kyeong-Doo and General Joseph Dunford, “agreed to prepare a South Korea-U.S. military counteraction and to put it into action at the earliest date.”       U.S. monitors measured a 6.3-magnitude tremor close to the North’s main testing site, which South Korean experts said was five to six times stronger than that from the 10-kiloton test completed a year ago. With people in the border city of Yanji saying they fled their homes in their underwear, and in the Russian Pacific town of Vladivostok, the tremor was felt in northeastern China. It was detected as far away as Germany. Chinese monitors said they had detected a second tremor shortly afterwards of 4.6 magnitude that could be a result of a “collapse (cave in)”, indicating the rock over the underground blast had given way. Pyongyang triggered a increase in tensions in July, when it carried out two successful tests of an ICBM which brought much of the US mainland within range. Last week it fired a missile over Japan. Trump has warned Pyongyang that it faces “fire and fury” and that Washington’s weapons are “locked and loaded.” Pictures of Kim at the Nuclear Weapons Institute revealed the young leader, dressed in a black suit, examining a metal casing with a shape. The apparatus was a “thermonuclear weapon with super explosive power made by our own efforts and technology”, the Korean Central News Agency cited Kim as saying, and “all parts of the H-bomb were 100 percent domestically made” Despite its power there were no radioactive leaks from the test, KCNA said in a later report.September/03/2017PHOTO GALLERY