North Korea Defies Trump, Carries Out its Most Powerful Nuclear Test Yet

North Korea Defies Trump, Carries Out its Most Powerful Nuclear Test Yet

Hours later, after attending church in Washington, the president made his "We'll see" comment in response to a question from reporters.

High noon in North Korea: Who'll blink first? "North Korea has effectively established itself as a nuclear state".

Trump's threat came after Pyongyang detonated what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb able to fit atop a missile.

North Korea claims its new weapon can be mounted atop a missile, and boasted it marked a "meaningful" step forward, state television said. Lassina Zerbo, head of the United Nations test ban treaty organization, said sanctions already imposed against North Korea aren't working.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, which has no access to North Korea, called the nuclear test, Pyongyang's sixth since 2006, "an extremely regrettable act" that was "in complete disregard of the repeated demands of the international community".

"This latest action by North Korea is reckless and poses an unacceptable further threat to the global community".

It also showed his handwritten order for the test to be carried out at noon on September 3. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 6.3-magnitude natural disaster, which was human-made. China said it had detected a second, 4.6 magnitude quake with near identical coordinates eight minutes later.

"North Korea has effectively established itself as a nuclear state".

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Sunday to "appropriately deal with" the latest nuclear test by North Korea, state news agency Xinhua said.

However, the nuclear test, coupled with a recent missile test, suggests that measures to curb North Korea diplomatically and economically are not working.

"They only understand one thing!"

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It was the latest signal that Trump is losing patience with the worldwide community's response to the increasingly belligerent regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Analysts are divided on whether Sunday's test could lead to more North Korean provocations, or become an opening for dialogue.

South Korea will hold a National Security Council meeting Sunday to discuss the incident, according to South Korea's Presidential office.

Nuclear tests are crucial to perfecting sophisticated technologies and to demonstrating to the world that claims of nuclear prowess are not merely a bluff. That could be hard to independently confirm. Thermonuclear weapons typically use a fission explosion to create a fusion reaction, which is far more powerful than a fission reaction.

At the same time, the simple power of the blast was convincing.

"The H-bomb, the explosive power of which is adjustable from tens kiloton to hundreds kiloton, is a multi-functional thermonuclear nuke with great destructive power", KCNA said. North Korea wants to demonstrate it knows what makes a credible nuclear warhead.

What does the test tell us?

Mr Trump labelled North Korea's decision last month to shelve a plan to fire missiles towards American bases on the Pacific island of Guam as "very wise".

China hates nuclear tests on its border the way the U.S. hates an intercontinental ballistic missile test that could potentially reach the United States mainland.

It said that launch was the "curtain raiser" for more activity to come.

Suga said imposing restrictions on the North's trade in crude oil and oil products is "one of the options" Japan might seek.

"I don't think that it's been helpful", Castro said.

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