North Korea conducts likely nuclear test after showcasing alleged hydrogen bomb UPDATED
NORTH KOREA NOW OFFICIALLY CONFIRMS TEST, CLAIMING ON STATE TV THAT IT WAS A HYDROGEN BOMB.
Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo says that regardless of the latest provocative move by North Korea, there is no change in the threat level for Guam.
The U.S Geological Survey said it had recorded a 6.3 magnitude earthquake exactly at noon Sunday local time, near North Korea’s nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, in the county’s northeast region.
This is North Korea's sixth nuclear test.
There are reports that an earthquake was felt in Yanji, northeast China, where air raid sirens went off.
According to the New York Times, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan called emergency meetings of their national security councils after the tremor was detected. “If North Korea has conducted a nuclear test, we can never accept that,” Mr. Abe told reporters.
The event was felt in neighboring northeast China, according to those currently there.
“I’m living on the fifth and sixth floors and we felt the building move, glass shaking outside, for about five seconds,” Michael Spavor of the Paektu Cultural Exchange told NK News.
Spavor said buildings nearby were also shaking according to reports from local friends.
The test comes following North Korean state media reports on Sunday showcasing a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
North Korea last conducted a nuclear test on September 9, 2016.