North Korea may have detonated 250-kiloton bomb

Geneva Matthews
September 15, 2017

South Korea is considering providing $8 million worth of humanitarian aid to the North via United Nations programs, a Ministry of Unification official revealed Thursday, the first such assistance package from President Moon Jae-in's administration.

The spokeswoman said that the department is "realistic" but also "optimistic" that diplomacy will resolve the issue, expressing satisfaction with the new UN Security Council resolution against the North.

North Korea's ongoing nuclear weapons tests prompting its neighbor in the South to step up its own military capabilities.

"Such activity, coming shortly after the largest underground nuclear test conducted at Punggye-ri to date (via the North Portal), suggests that onsite work could now be changing focus to further prepare those other portals for future underground nuclear testing", the report says.

The pictures apparently show a fresh crater, which may have been caused by the portal used for the hydrogen bomb test caving in after detonation, although 38 North said it was impossible to be certain.

The caving in of land at the site, however, may not have been the result of the estimated 4.9-magnitude natural disaster that took place 8 minutes after the test, the analysts say.

The seismic data for the sixth nuclear test varies depending on the source, ranging from 6.1 to 6.3, suggesting that the explosive yield could be somewhere between 200 to 300 kilotons, possibly even higher.

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The South Korean military said the air-to-surface Taurus missile was sacked from an F-15 fighter jet, then traveled through obstacles at low altitudes before precisely hitting a designated target over the sea off the country's western coast.

North Korea's announcement came just hours after a large quake was detected near the country's only known nuclear test site in the mountainous region of North Hamgyong province.

Though he was not supportive of deploying or pursuing nuclear weapons, Moon said South Korea "needs to develop our military capabilities in the face of North Korea's nuclear advancement". Those three prongs - ground, air, and submarine - constitute what the military calls its nuclear triad.

"This is in order to make the right conditions for dialogues and I would like to emphasize this", he said.

The North Korean gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016 was $28.50 billion, according to the Bank of Korea in Seoul.

A Taurus "bunker buster" cruise missile released from a South Korean F-15 fighter "ies to its target Wednesday in what officials said was a successful".

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