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Kim Jong-un inspects a nuclear warhead REUTERS H-BOMB Kim Jong-un inspects a nuclear warhead in North Korea
Howard Terry | 15 September, 2017, 00:27

"These disturbances are more numerous and widespread than what we have seen from any of the five tests North Korea previously conducted", the watchdog noted in a blog post earlier this month.

St-Amand's testimony follows that of officials from Global Affairs Canada and National Defence who say it is likely only a matter of time before North Korea is able to launch a nuclear attack on North America.

A new report from 38 North, a website run by the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, explains that revised seismic estimates raise the blast's magnitude from 5.8 to 6.1, which in turn raises its estimated yield to one-quarter megaton of energy.

Pyongyang claims it detonated a hydrogen bomb in this latest test, which its state media swiftly described as "a ideal success".

The commission could not confirm what kind of nuclear test the North conducted, he added. The analysts gave no indication that a test appeared to be imminent.

The United States, South Korea and other governments have yet to confirm that the North tested such a weapon, but the September 3 test, the North's sixth, was by far its most powerful to date.

There are in total four tunnel openings into four mountains at their Punggye-ri test site.

In a statement, North Korea responded by calling the actions "state terrorism" and that the "chief culprit" involved in "cooking up the "sanctions resolution", be beaten to death with a stick fit for a rabid dog". "If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it", she said.

The statement from a group called the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee attacked the United States for leading a push for stronger U.N. sanctions against North Korea, as well as Japan for joining the USA campaign. "The significance of this is that it has the potential to dramatically increase the threat posed by" its ballistic missiles. "By doing so, they would join countries such as the United States, Russia, China, Pakistan, etc. that have policies regarding the use of tactical nuclear weapons, clearly further destabilizing the Korean peninsula situation". Those three prongs - ground, air, and submarine - constitute what the military calls its nuclear triad.

As North Korea holds more frequent and more powerful tests, the South in particular has ramped up its deterrence efforts.

A pre-emptive strike against Pyongyang's leadership would be hard to undertake, but it's widely seen as the most realistic of the limited military options Seoul has to deny a nuclear attack from its rival.

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