North Korea has conducted the fifth nuclear test which has come out to be successful.
An anchor in State-run TV announced- “Our nuclear scientists staged a nuclear explosion test on a newly developed nuclear warhead at the country’s northern nuclear test site”. She added, “Our… party sent a congratulatory message to our nuclear scientists… for conducting the successful nuclear warhead explosion test”.
On the other hand, South Korea’s President, Park Geun-Hye condemned the act and said it an act of “self-destruction” that would deepen its isolation.
Such acts by North Korea have already earned United Nations sanctions and condemnation internationally.
According to South Korean experts, Seismic monitors detected a 5.3-magnitude “artificial earthquake” near the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site, with “almost identical patterns” to previous detonations.
A defense ministry spokesman in Seoul said, “We believe that it was a nuclear test. We are trying to figure out whether it was successful. The blast measured about 10 kilotonnes”.
Kim Nam-Wook from the South’s meteorological agency said, “The 10-kilotonne blast was near twice the fourth nuclear test and slightly less than the Hiroshima bombing, which was measured about 15 kilotonnes”.
Japan’s public broadcaster reported that country’s defense ministry was preparing to dispatch aircraft to analyze air samples to see if any radiation could be detected.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, “If North Korea conducted a nuclear test that can never be tolerated. We must lodge a strong protest”.
North Korea has always insisted it will continue nuclear tests despite global condemnation and toughened sanctions. Experts say they are likely aimed at refining warhead design and reliability as well as increasing yield.