The experts assessed the capacity of the DPRK tested a nuclear bomb

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

Inoki, who returned from a visit to North Korea earlier this week, told a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday that Japan, as the world's only country to have been attacked by atomic bombs, should stay more neutral and mediate between the US and North Korea.

After responding with rage, to North Korea previous five nuclear bomb tests, the world responded to the defiant regime's sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb test on September 3 this year, resolving to punish the nation harsher than before.

"It was hard to find out how powerful the nuclear test was with the amount of xenon detected, but we can say the xenon was from North Korea", Choi Jongbae, executive commissioner, told a news conference in Seoul.

This yield is close to what 38 North previously estimated to be the maximum containable yield for the test site in Punggye-ri, northeastern North Korea, it added.

"If the claim that the device just tested has a variable yield is true (from tens to hundreds of kilotons), then this may also imply the North Koreans intend to adopt an expanded policy of using nuclear weapons, including tactical use, in addition to deterring threats to existence of the state", 38 North said.

Pyongyang claims it detonated a hydrogen bomb in this latest test, which its state media swiftly described as "a ideal success".

The worldwide community has scaled up efforts to rein in North Korea, which has always been hell-bent on nuclear advancement, in light of its nuclear test earlier this month and its string of recent missile launches.

Defense analysts at 38 North also reported on Wednesday that they detected new signs of activity at Punggye-ri, which suggests "onsite work could now be changing focus to further prepare. for future underground nuclear testing".

The agency says it couldn't verify exactly what kind of nuclear bomb the North detonated as it hasn't found several other radioactive isotopes that typically accompany a nuclear explosion.

Later, North Korean Ambassador Han Tae Song even said, "My delegation condemns in the strongest terms and categorically rejects the latest illegal and unlawful UN Security Council resolution".

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