N. Korea Claims Success in Testing Hydrogen Bomb

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Kim ordered his scientists to successfully conclude the final-stage research and development to make the state nuclear-force ideal, KCNA said.

North Korea conducted two nuclear tests last year, the last almost a year ago, on the September 9 anniversary of the nation's founding.

"North Korea today ignored the repeated warnings from us and the global society and conducted a stronger nuclear test than before", Chung told reporters.

South Korea's Yonhap news reported the South Korean army's Joint Chief of Staff's statement that a man-made 5.6 magnitude natural disaster was detected in Punggye-ri, North Korea.

The "artificial quake" was 9.8 times more powerful than the tremor from the North's fifth test, the state weather agency said.

This would be North Korea's sixth nuclear test, and the first since President Donald Trump was inaugurated.

North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday, which it said was an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile, marking a dramatic escalation of the regime's stand-off with the United States and its allies.

North Korea says it has successfully conducted a test of hydrogen bomb meant for intercontinental ballistic missile.

South Korea said Sunday that North Korea appears to have conducted a nuclear test after an artificial natural disaster was detected in northern North Korea, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

Whatever the explosive yield, the device was undoubtedly powerful, and the test offers the first hint that North Korea could be more developed in its nuclear program than previously thought.

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Experts acknowledge that the country has made advances in its nuclear weapons in recent years, although the latest images could not be independently verified.

On Tuesday, North Korea fired a Hwasong-12 missile - reportedly capable of carrying a nuclear payload - that traveled almost 2,700 kilometers into the Pacific, including over Japan. 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".

North Korea conducted two nuclear tests last year, the last almost a year ago, on the September 9 anniversary of the nation's founding.

The nuclear test, reportedly carried out by North Korea on Sunday morning, poses no threat to Russia's Far Eastern Primorye Territory, a meteorologist with the local service told TASS. What North Korea likely tested instead was a "boosted fission device".

Mr Trump said on Twitter that the North's "words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous" to the US. The latest test would mark yet another big step forward in North Korean attempts to obtain a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching deep into the USA mainland.

North Korea has already conducted five nuclear tests - in 2006, 2009, 2013 and in January and September 2016.

Impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

It said leader Kim Jong Un attended a meeting of the ruling party's presidium and signed the go-ahead order.

Last week, North Korea launched a KN-17 intermediate range missile over Japan, according to USA officials.

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