south korea nuclear test

Seoul – North Korea conducted an underground explosion on Tuesday in what it called a “miniaturized” nuclear weapons testing technology that could theoretically bind long-range missile threat to the United States.

Pyongyang confirmed nearly three hours after the unusual seismic activity has been detected in the vicinity of the mysterious state police test mountainous terrain. The test follows weeks of threats from the North to build its nuclear capacity and perform “all the action with great intensity.”

After a flurry of activity at – where tests were taken in the years 2006 and 2009 carried out – North Korea recently removed most of the men and equipment, the location of the test, an obvious sign will be carried out according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap. Japanese government spokesman, said the U.S. government announced on Monday that the explosion could be imminent.

U.S. Geological Survey showed 4.9-magnitude quake at 11:58 local time clock in North Korea.

The test is the first of the new North Korean leader Kim Jong Eun and the clearest sign that the third-generation leader, like his father and grandfather, prefer to be in the United States and its allies to make peace with them.

Pyongyang has already confirmed before the test, the UN Security Council for an emergency meeting later than day. Japan called for “stern” international response and said it would consider sanctions your. The next meeting of the Security Council’s attention to the Chinese, the North’s closest ally, where officials have in recent weeks tried again to persuade the North to say through its third nuclear test.

The shock wave reaches the two weeks before the opening of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who said that he was prepared to North with caution after five years of resume has little economic or diplomatic contacts between the two Koreas. By the organization in recent days, President Lee Myung-bak, analysts said the North the last reminder of the consequences of giving Lee seemed to be a relatively tough stance. According to Lee, not only in the North but also conducted two nuclear tests and test fired three missiles in a two deadly attacks in the south.

North Korea, despite giving up the face of international pressure on its nuclear weapons program as the backbone of its military strength was used. Analysts said the government wanted to make third nuclear test as a way to make the smaller but more powerful nuclear devices raise – so that the weapon to install an ICBM.

The test also comes two months after the North an extensive rocket launch, Pyongyang said the satellite was sent for scientific purposes. This missile explosion that the U.S. and its allies, as prompted de facto missile test, the Security Council to strengthen sanctions against the North.

Recent explosion, based on early indications, it is slightly more than the previous efforts, registered 4.1-and 4.5-magnitude earthquake. South Korea’s Defense Ministry to Yonhap said the first explosion was a 10-kiloton yield in comparison to the 12-to-20-kiloton-yield Hiroshima-type device.

Previous tests have yields £ 1 and 2, where up to 7 tons, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

South Korean officials, while publicly opposing nuclear test by North Korea has in recent days that a third test would provide important new information about your neighbors technological capabilities said. North a few years ago was an obvious decision to end its plutonium program and to develop its uranium program. While the north still some leftover plutonium in their hands, analysts doubt that the future of the nuclear test by North Korea or highly enriched weapons-grade uranium from.

Uranium Plutonium is better because it is easier to hide them, said Siegfried Hecker, a nuclear scientist, visited the Yongbyon nuclear facility in the north several times. Depending on the plutonium reactor, the reactor and no work can be picked up by satellite.

Foreign analysts have, however, no definite idea. Across the northern uranium enrichment efforts Yongbyon, Hecker was at the 2010 Tour in a long, called warehouse-like building in the blue roof It Hecker showed 2,000 new centrifuges to produce in a position either to low-enriched uranium (energy) or highly enriched uranium.

North Korean officials told Hecker centrifuges were for peaceful purposes only. “But we can not see the house,” Hecker said it was no way to know what they are doing now.