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North Korea claimed it has successfully carried out its fifth nuclear test, as a 5.3 magnitude tremor had earlier been detected near the nuclear test site. The United Nations banned North Korea to perform any nuclear test and put the sets of the UN sanctions since this communist country made first test in 2006.
According to the information presented by the official presenter, the North said the test was of a “nuclear warhead that has been standardized to be able to be mounted on strategic ballistic rockets.” Estimates of the explosive are different. While South Korea’s military said it was about 10 kilotons, other experts say, initial indications say it could be 20 kilotons, or more.
As the CBS News radio the White House correspondent Mark Knoller tweets on Twitter, the White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president received brief on the Air Force 1 on the “reported seismic activity” in North Korea and made telephone conversations with South Korea President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. A statement from the press secretary Josh Earnest said Mr Obama had “reiterated the unbreakable US commitment to the security of our allies in Asia and around the world”.
A spokesman to the Pentagon said that if confirmed, the test “it would be yet another flagrant violation” of UN Security Council resolutions. Pentagon said that a North Korea nuclear test “is a serious provocation that poses a significant threat to the peace and security” of the region.
BBC News reports, South Korean President Park Geun-hye called it an act of “self-destruction” showing the “maniacal recklessness” of leader Kim Jong-un. The US warned of “serious consequences”. China’s foreign ministry said Beijing was resolutely opposed to the test and urged North Korea to avoid further action that would worsen the situation. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his country “absolutely cannot condone” any such test and would “protest adamantly” to Pyongyang.