South Korea have warned they will consider deploying their most powerful US tactical weapons after North Korea claimed they detonated a hydrogen bomb in their latest nuclear test.
The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, has called for the ‘strongest possible’ response, including UN Security Council sanctions to ‘completely isolate’ the North.
Chung Eui-yong, South Korea’s national security adviser, said Seoul and Washington have discussed deploying US military assets to the Korean peninsula.
According to The Independent, an emergency phone call took place with Mr Chung and HR McMaster – the US National Security Adviser – about an hour after the detonation.
China’s Foreign Ministry are urging North Korea to stop its ‘wrong’ actions.
In a statement on their website, the ministry said China opposed and strongly condemned North Korea’s actions.
They urged the country to respect UN Security Council resolutions.
Officials from Japan and South Korea said an earthquake was detected near to the North’s test site and was around ten times more powerful then previous detonations.
Since POTUS Donald Trump took office, it’s been the first nuclear test from the North and is said to have been a direct challenge to Trump.
It’s reported just hours before the test, Trump had spoken with the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, in regards to the ‘escalating’ nucelar crisis in the area.
In an announcement on state television, North Korea said Kim Jong-un’s order for the hydrogen bomb test had been a ‘perfect success’.
It was also regarded as a ‘meningful’ step in concluding the country’s nuclear weapons programme.
In the statement, the North said the bomb in question was designed so it could be mounted on its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile.
The news came just hours after the US Geological Survey reported a 6.3 magnitude quake in the region.