A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has struck near a test site in North Korea, sparking fears the regime has launched its sixth nuclear test.
China’s earthquake administration said it detected the quake in northeastern North Korea and described it as a ‘suspected explosion’, according to Reuters.
The depth was recorded as zero meters deep. Yonhap, South Korea’s official news agency, reports the quake struck in Kilju county where North Korea’s nuclear test site Punggyeri is located.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says the quake was artificial and it’s analyzing whether the North conducted a nuclear test.
It says it detected a seismic wave from 12.34pm to 12.36pm Sunday around Punggyeri.
North Korea conducted its fifth test last September – which also caused a massive earthquake.
Just hours earlier, the country claimed it has developed a more advanced nuclear weapon that has ‘great destructive power’.
Photos released on Saturday show the country’s leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a hydrogen bomb that will be loaded on a new intercontinental ballistic missile.
The hydrogen bomb’s power is adjustable and can be detonated at high altitudes. The regime claims it can build as many of the nuclear weapons as it wishes.
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TRUMP THREATENS NORTH KOREA WITH ‘FIRE AND FURY THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN BEFORE’ IF IT WILL ATTACK GUAM
- President Donald Trump told the country that any threat to the U.S. would be met with ‘fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before’
- North Korea said it is ‘carefully examining’ a plan to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam with missiles
- The 33-year-old Kim Jong Un was lashing out at a U.S. push to drain him of the hard currency he needs to develop his nuclear program that Russia and China reluctantly signed on to last weekend.
( Daily Mail ) Two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers from the military base in Guam participated in a strategic bilaterial mission with South Korea and Japan hours before North Korea revealed it was considering a plan to fire missiles at Guam.
The 10-hour mission from Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base took place on Monday and was the first for the aircraft and crews recently deployed from South Dakota’s Ellsworth Air Force Base to support U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence missions, Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs stated.
‘How we train is how we fight and the more we interface with our allies, the better prepared we are to fight tonight,’ one of the pilots with the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1 said.
The crews practiced intercept and formation training, which gave them an opportunity to improve their combined capabilities and tactical skills.
‘These flights with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) demonstrate solidarity between Japan, ROK and the U.S. to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater,’ according to a release from the Air Force.
The bombers flew in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula. The U.S. released photos of the mission late Tuesday – seemingly in response to North Korea’s threat to strike Guam.
North Korea said it is ‘carefully examining’ a plan to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam with missiles. That threat happened just hours after President Donald Trump told the country that any threat to the U.S. would be met with ‘fire and fury.’
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- US fear North Korea plans to detonate nuclear device in a tunnel on Saturday
- Pyongyang is reportedly in its final stages of preparing for its sixth nuclear test
- Foreign reporters were told to prepare for a ‘big and important’ event today
- Pyongyang is marking biggest national day called ‘Day of the Sun’ on Saturday
( Daily Mail ) North Korea is preparing to detonate a nuclear bomb to coincide with its ‘Day of the Sun’ national day on Saturday amid mounting tensions with President Trump, US officials fear.
The regime warned foreign journalists to prepare for a ‘big event’ on Thursday and is thought to have put a nuclear device in a tunnel at its Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site.
Tensions in the region are running high after President Trump sent a US Navy strike group steaming toward the western Pacific in a show of force and North Korea warned of a nuclear attack at any sign of America aggression.
North Korea’s most important national day is on Saturday April 15 when North Korea commemorates birth anniversary of its founding president Kim Il Sung. Ahead of the event, Kim Jong-un yesterday oversaw a commando operation in which special forces dropped from light transport planes ‘like hail’ and ‘mercilessly blew up enemy targets’.
It comes as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today underscored fears about possible threats from North Korea, telling parliament in Tokyo that Pyongyang could have the capacity to deliver missiles equipped with sarin nerve gas.
Meanwhile, China today said it would step up its protection of North Korea should the isolated state halt its nuclear programme.