An earthquake on Sunday in a remote area of North Korea is believed to have been the 6th nuclear test conducted by North Korea’s government which was confirmed through state run television and KCNA state media.
The U.S. Geological Society USGS reported that a M 6.3 Explosion occurred 22km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea, located near the site where North Korea has detonated nuclear explosions in the past.
China and South Korea also detected the earthquake.
North Korean state run KCNA media reported that scientists of the Nuclear Weapons Institute “recently succeeded in making a more developed nuke, true to the strategic intention of the Worker’s Party of Korea (WKP) for bringing about a signal turn in nuclear weapon.”
Since 2003 North Korea has no longer been a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and faced sanctions beginning in 2006 after conducting a series of nuclear tests.
The fifth nuclear test, which produced its highest yield, occurred on September 9, 2016 and resulted in a 5.3 earthquake.
North Korea has also tested Intercontinental Ballistic missiles which have range to reach the U.S.
On August 8, 2017 the Washington Post reported that the Defense Intelligence Agency stated in a confidential assessment that North Korea has sufficiently miniaturized a nuclear warhead to fit inside one of its long range missiles.
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