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North Korea details plans to dismantle nuclear test site

SEOUL/WASHINGTON: North Korea has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear test site for sometime between May 23 and 25, depending on weather conditions, in order to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests, the country’s state media reported on Saturday. The official Korean Central New Agency said dismantlement of the Punggye-ri nuclear test ground would involve collapsing all of its tunnels with explosions, blocking its entrances, and removing all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts.…

3.5-magnitude quake rattles N Korea near nuclear test site

PYONGYONG: A shallow 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit North Korea near the country’s nuclear test site on Saturday, US seismologists said, in what Chinese experts said was a “suspected explosion”, but Seoul deemed a “natural earthquake”. It came after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s regime, as international alarm mounts over Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck around 20 kilometres (12…

North Korea nuclear test 10 times more powerful than Hiroshima: Japan

TOKYO: Japan Wednesday again upgraded its estimated size of North Korea´s latest nuclear test to a yield of around 160 kilotons, more than ten times the size of the Hiroshima bomb. This marked Tokyo´s second revision higher after previously giving estimates of 70 and 120 kilotons. Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters that his ministry´s upward revision to 160 kilotons was based on a revised magnitude by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO). "This is far more powerful than their…

North Korean missile reportedly on the move

SEOUL: South Korea said on Tuesday an agreement with the United States to scrap a weight limit on its warheads would help it respond to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat after it conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test two days ago. South Korean officials believe more weapons tests by the reclusive state are possible, despite international outrage over Sunday’s nuclear test and calls for more sanctions against it. South Korea’s Asia Business Daily, citing an unidentified source, reported that North Korea…

China makes diplomatic protest to N.Korea over nuke test

BEIJING: China said on Monday it had lodged an official protest with North Korea following Pyongyang's largest-ever nuclear weapons test. The massive explosion, which Pyongyang claimed was a miniaturised hydrogen bomb, has put the region on edge and raised questions about how Beijing will respond to its neighbour's latest provocation. China "launched stern representations with the person in charge of the DPRK embassy in China", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular press briefing, using an acronym for…

North Korea warns of nuclear test ‘at any time’

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: North Korea warned Monday that it will carry out a nuclear test "at any time and at any location" set by its leadership, in the latest rhetoric to fuel jitters in the region. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been running high for weeks, with signs that the North might be preparing a long-range missile launch or a sixth nuclear test -- and with Washington refusing to rule out a military strike in response. A spokesman for the North's foreign ministry said Pyongyang was "fully ready to respond to…

UK govt accused of covering up failed nuclear missile test

LONDON: The British government was accused on Sunday of covering up a failed test of its nuclear weapons deterrent last year, just weeks before lawmakers voted to renew the system. Prime Minister Theresa May refused to say whether she knew about the reported malfunction of an unarmed missile when she urged MPs to support updating the Trident nuclear system. The Sunday Times newspaper, citing a senior naval source, claimed that the Trident II D5 missile failed after being launched from a British submarine off the coast…