North Korea has carried out its third, most powerful nuclear test despite UN warnings, and said “even stronger” action might follow.
It described the test as a “self-defensive measure” necessitated by the “continued hostility” of the US.
Its main ally, China, criticised the test, which was condemned worldwide.
The confirmation follows reports early yesterday of evidence of a nuke test:
Indications that the test had taken place first emerged when U.S. seismologists reported a disturbance Tuesday morning in North Korea centered near the site of the secretive regime’s two previous atomic blasts.
The area around the epicenter of the tremor in northeastern North Korea has little or no history of earthquakes or natural seismic hazards, according to U.S. Geological Survey maps.
The disturbance reported Tuesday had a magnitude of 5.1 — upgraded from an initial estimate of 4.9 — and took place at a depth of about one kilometer, the USGS said.