North Korea claims to have more advanced hydrogen bomb

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump get on well on a personal level

It says it detected a seismic wave from 12:34 p.m.to 12:36 p.m. around Punggyeri, North Korea.

An natural disaster measuring 5.2 struck North Korea on Sunday, suggesting the reclusive country may have conducted a sixth nuclear test.

The North has previously claimed to have miniaturised a nuclear weapon but experts have cast doubt on this.

The tremor is only 10km deep, the USGS said.

South Korea says North Korea may have conducted a sixth nuclear test, Yonhap reports citing Blue House.

Experts and outside governments are skeptical of the hydrogen claim, but it is nearly impossible to independently confirm North Korean statements about its highly secret weapons program.

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North Korea a year ago conducted its fourth and fifth nuclear tests, saying the fourth in January 2016 was a successful hydrogen bomb test, although outside experts say the claim has not been proven. There was speculation that North Korea might have detonated a boosted fission bomb, a weapon considered halfway between an atomic bomb and an H-bomb. Japan has also called for a concerted worldwide effort to put an end to the "growing threat" posed by North Korea's nuclear program.

"Though we cannot verify the claim, (North Korea) wants us to believe that it can launch a thermonuclear strike now, if it is attacked".

Trump and Moon also discussed North Korea's "continued destabilizing and escalatory behavior", the White House said in a statement.

It has been subjected to seven rounds of United Nations Security Council sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, but always insists it will continue to pursue them. It is seeking to develop a nuclear weapon small enough to be mounted on an ICBM.

The report said the institute recently succeeded in making "a more developed nuke" and Kim watched an H-bomb to be loaded into new ICBM.

In what could be read as a veiled warning of more nuclear tests, Kim underlined the need for scientists to "dynamically conduct the campaign for successfully concluding the final-stage research and development for perfecting the state nuclear force" and "set forth tasks to be fulfilled in the research into nukes".

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