North Korea confirmed that its fifth and the most powerful nuclear test were conducted successfully on Friday. These practices of country have been a matter of international concern, and thus the country is always facing outrages for conducting nuclear tests. However, in spite of all these outrages, the tests are still carried out in the country.
Many international leaders had expressed their views when the news of this nuclear test was confirmed. US President, Barack Obama stated these actions as dangerous and unlawful. He also stated that North Korea would have to face stringent measures and consequences for these activities. He said, “To be clear, the United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state.”
The blast which took place at 9:00 AM, local time of North Korea was initially misconstrued as an earthquake. This explosion took place at Punggye-Ri which is their test site and had a power of around 10 KTNs. All the four tests that were conducted earlier were also done at this very location in the country. It conducted its first nuclear test in 2006 and since then it has held four more tests in 2009, 2013, January 2016, and the final was conducted today.
North Korea has continuously worked on improving its nuclear powers and capacities. With the increase in the pace of these tests, a situation of international concern has arisen. As per the president of South Korea, Park Geun-Hye, “the only thing that the Kim Jong Un regime can gain from the nuclear tests is stronger sanctions from the international community and its isolation. Such provocation will eventually hasten its path to self-destruction.”
America already is working in the direction of dealing with the activities of North Korea by setting up their base in South Korea. They have also warned China to step in as maximum trade windows opened in North Korea are from China.