Nuclear War: North Korea Detonates Fifth Nuclear Missile

Nuclear War: North Korea Detonates Fifth Nuclear Missile
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On Friday, North Korea detonated its fifth nuclear missile. The atomic test produced the nation’s biggest explosive yield as of now.


South Korean officials reported the launch after their monitors detected strange seismic activity near the North’s northeastern nuclear test site.

Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea mentioned in a statement that the “artificial seismic waves” from a quake had a measurement of 5.0, which was detected near the Punggye-ri test site of North Korea, said ABC News.

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The Defense Ministry of South Korea said that it believes the North Korea performed a nuclear test. On the other hand, European and U.S. monitoring services also observed similar seismic activity. The U.S. Geological Survey called the activity an “explosion” on its website.

The seismic activity was registered with a magnitude of 5.3. North’s main diplomatic ally, China, also detected the tremor.

South Korean president Park Geun-hye said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was projecting “maniacal recklessness,” defying the world’s call to give away the pursuit of nuclear weapons.

It was in January when Kim Jong Un’s aggressive nation conducted its fourth nuclear explosion, which was followed by a series of missile tests in defiance with strict United Nations sanctions, as reported by Reuters. The nation launched three medium-range missiles while China was hosting a G20 summit, which was attended by U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders.

“North Korea has prepared everything to conduct a nuclear test any time and has just been waiting for the right timing,” said a professor of international political economy at Kyungnam University in Seoul, Lim Eul Chul.

“The smaller the warhead, the further the weapon can fly. The results would have to come out, but for now I see that North Korea’s nuclear technology has come to a stage where it’s right before being arranged for combat.”

According to Bloomberg, Lim said that Kim Jong Un’s nation had been seeking more miniaturized capability in weapons.

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