3rd September, Sunday, North Korea marked its sixth nuclear experiment- the most powerful till date – an absolute success.
However, this has drawn exasperation of the international community, intensifying the ties with united states. This hydrogen bomb experiment was carried out to examine and confirm the accuracy and credibility of North Korea’s technology. Marked as the direct challenge to the US, this was the first nuclear test by Pyongyang since the US president Donald Trump took office.
In disobedience of international condemnation, North Korea has said they would respond to any new UN embargo and US pressures with powerful counter measures.
The Russian president and the Japanese Prime minister has agreed together that North Korea’s latest nuclear launch is a menace to regional peace and a challenge to the global nuclear non-proliferation regime.
According to the New York Times, President Donald Trump US administration has been pushing China to take steps against North Korea. China being North Korea’s only major coadjutor accounts for about 90% of its International trade, mostly imported energy supply, can possibly slash oil exports to North Korea. It is believed that the latest test has hurt China’s national interests and damaged regional stability.
“Military action would certainly be an option. Is it inevitable? Nothing is inevitable” with these words President Trump has also declined to rule out a US military response against North Korea. President wants UN security council to ban North Korea’s exports of textiles and hiring of North Korean laborers abroad, impose a ban on oil and asset freezing and travel ban to Kim Jong un.
The sixth nuclear test has also resulted in the tumbling up of Asian stocks with South Korean won on Monday, less than a week after the global market shattered due to North Koreans firing of the rocket over Japan.
All the six nuclear tests conducted by North Korea since 2006 has been conducted on the same site, the Punggye-Ri site. Situated in mountainous terrain in the North East, it is the only active nuclear testing site in the world. The analysts scrutinizing the satellite images of the site have spotted many landslides and widespread disturbances. The nuclear blast is expected to be 160 kiloton, which is eight times larger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. The blast caused an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 followed by another with magnitude of 4.1
It is also claimed by the Chinese scientists that the site may be at the risk of collapsing due to repeated seismic shocks from the blasts. The collapse can cause radiation leak out across the region, including China.
On Friday, South Korea’s Nuclear safety agency has found radioactive material in South Korean provinces. They have discovered trace amounts of Xenon gas, a radionuclide, in the analysis of a sample of air, soil and water.