North Korea has conducted a “successful” fifth nuclear test, state-run TV said today, in an explosion described by the South as Pyongyang’s largest-ever such blast.
“Our nuclear scientists staged a nuclear explosion test on a newly developed nuclear warhead at the country’s northern nuclear test site,” a TV announcer said.
“Our… party sent a congratulatory message to our nuclear scientists… for conducting the successful nuclear warhead explosion test,” she said.
South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye said today, condemning the move as an act of “self-destruction” that would deepen its isolation.
The test will send tensions soaring over the North’s nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions, which have already earned international condemnation and United Nations sanctions.
Park spoke out against the “manic recklessness” of the North’s young ruler Kim Jong-Un, who has exulted in a series of ballistic missile launches and the last nuclear test in January.
“Kim Jong-Un’s regime will only earn more sanctions and isolation… and such provocation will further accelerate its path to self-destruction,” she said, warning his obsession with creating a nuclear arsenal posed a grave challenge.
“We will step up pressure on the North by using all possible measures, including more, stronger sanctions on the North with the international community and at the UN Security Council,” she said.
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