3-magnitude 'explosion' detected in North Korea, says USGS

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “begging for war,” she said. “The stakes could not be higher. The urgency is now.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “begging for war,” she said. “The stakes could not be higher. The urgency is now.”

Ruan, the former diplomat, said quick action was needed to address the problem as both North Korea and the United States were stepping up their war of words and appeared to be goading each other towards armed conflict.

According to the USGS, the seismic activity - which the scientific agency has not identified as an quake per se - occurred 24 kilometers east northeast of Sungjibaegam, North Korea.

"The global community must treat this new provocation with the utmost firmness, in order to bring North Korea to come back unconditionally to the path of dialogue and to proceed to the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear and ballistic programme", he said in a statement. "If this event was an explosion, the USGS National Earthquake Information Center can not determine its type, whether nuclear or any other possible type".

Writing on Twitter, Mr Trump said North Korea's "words and actions continue to be very hostile and risky to the United States".

Hours earlier, the regime released footage of what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb that would be loaded on to a new ICBM.

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Jeffery Lewis, the East Asia program director at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, said he is not surprised that North Korea has achieved the capability to test a full-scale thermonuclear weapon.

The China Earthquake Networks Centre placed the magnitude at 6.3 and the depth of its epicentre at zero km, noting that it might be caused by explosion.

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3-magnitude 'explosion' detected in North Korea, says USGS

The North followed its two tests of Hwasong-14 ICBMs by announcing a plan to launch a salvo of intermediate range missiles toward the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam.

"We can not deny it was an H-bomb test", Onodera said.

North Korea has also launched several ballistic missiles in recent weeks.

North Korea's actions create a potentially embarrassing situation for Xi, who is preparing for a politically sensitive gathering of the ruling Communist Party in October, at which he aims to further consolidate his power.

The explosion of what North Korea said was an advanced hydrogen bomb caused residents across the border in China to flee their homes, fearing an natural disaster.

The North had "further upgraded its technical performance at a higher ultra-modern level on the basis of precious successes made in the first H-bomb test", KCNA said today, adding that Kim "set forth tasks to be fulfilled in the research into nukes".

It is noteworthy also that this test took place just as the Chinese president was about to welcome a handful of world leaders to the two-day showpiece Brics summit on China's east coast. South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said they detected an "artificial seismic wave" at 12:29 p.m. local time.

Before taking office, Trump declared North Korea would not be allowed to develop an ICBM capable of reaching the USA mainland under his presidency.

All the components of the "H-bomb" were "homemade" so North Korea could produce "powerful nuclear weapons as many as it wants", the state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim as saying.

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