Update: It’s official, Pyongyang claims the test of an H-bomb for ICBMs to be successful: “the creditability of the operation of the nuclear warhead is fully guaranteed.”
South Korea’s Yonhap News agency reported a magnitude 5.6 earthquake which occurred in North Korea on Sunday. The earthquake’s seismic wave was detected by South Korea around Punggyeri, North Korea, for 2 minutes, between 12.34pm to 12.36pm local time. It’s interesting to note that the latest earthquake detected in North Korea arrives in a matter of hours after dear leader Kim Jong-un and the North Korean state-owned media boasted about the country’s latest achievement, a miniaturized-variable yield hydrogen bomb.
For further reference, check out this article: Kim Jong-un Inspects ‘Home-Made’ Hydrogen Bomb.
Now, the report about the magnitude 5.6 earthquake was not immediately connected to a possible (secret) nuclear test performed by Pyongyang, a test which would be presumably aimed at testing the country’s latest addition in its nuclear paraphernalia, i.e. the miniaturized ICBM-capable hydrogen bomb. However, after analyzing the data, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff now claims that the earthquake in the North was artificial in nature and that means it’s very probable due to an underground nuclear test. The US Geological Survey said the quake in the North was shallow, at 0 kilometers underground ( a surface-level event), which further hints at a subterranean nuclear test.
And speaking of “fake nukes”, the detection of Cesium 135 and Argon-37 prove the North Koreans had performed successful underground nuclear tests in the past, i.e. this is not the first time nor the last. You don’t get five earthquakes from the same valley and each time an escape of radionuclides without a credible bomb, i.e. things are getting increasingly more dangerous in that part of the world.
This is a developing story, stay tuned for updates.