Sunday, 24 September, 2017

North Korea may have detonated 250-kiloton bomb

Kim Jong-un celebrates a nuclear test with scientists REUTERS CELEBRATION Kim Jong-un held a banquet for his nuclear scientists
Lillian Steele | 15 September, 2017, 00:46

Inoki, who returned from a visit to North Korea earlier this week, told a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday that Japan, as the world's only country to have been attacked by atomic bombs, should stay more neutral and mediate between the USA and North Korea.

"The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche", it said, a reference to the regime's ideology of self-reliance.

"The adoption of sanctions resolution against my country is an extreme manifestation of US intention to eliminate at any cost the ideology, social system of DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) and its people", the ambassador said while addressing other state representatives in Geneva.

Defense analysts at 38 North also reported on Wednesday that they detected new signs of activity at Punggye-ri, which suggests "onsite work could now be changing focus to further prepare. for future underground nuclear testing".

But in an interview with CNN on Thursday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in ruled out the idea: "To respond to North Korea by having our own nuclear weapons will not maintain peace on the Korean Peninsula and could lead to a nuclear arms race in northeast Asia".

While it was impossible to put a number on the scale of the North Korea risk, war games carried out through history have simulated what could happen as a result, said Tina Fordham, managing director and chief global analyst at Citi.

North Korea has reportedly resumed work at its underground nuclear testing site, according to defense analysts, in a brazen act of defiance against the latest United Nations sanctions. He even said the United States should "be beaten to death as a stick is fit for a rabid dog".

In an attempt to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, the UN Security Council approved new sanctions, targeting the country's textile industry and limiting its import of crude oil. And on September 12, South Korea conducted a military exercise to improve its ability to fire cruise missiles at North Korea.

North Korea's latest nuclear test demonstrated the country's progress in increasing the yields of its nuclear weapons, heightening the threat posed by its ballistic missiles, according to a U.S. website monitoring the North.

India and Japan on Thursday condemned "in the strongest terms" North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes. On July 28, North Korea tested one that could theoretically hit major USA cities like Chicago, New York, or even Washington, DC.

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