North Korea's Sixth Nuclear Test Literally Moved Mountains

The most recent satellite images of North Korea's nuclear site taken Friday show a greater number of surface disturbances following Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test than previous tests at Punggye-ri, USA analysts say.

A report Thursday in the Nikkei, a Japanese newspaper, said that satellite imagery appeared to indicate that North Korea was preparing for another long-range missile test.

It was Moon's first interview since Pyongyang's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, following a series of missile launches.

Xenon is a naturally occurring, colorless gas that is used in manufacturing of some sorts of lights.

"A conflict in North Korea will not only be extremely destabilizing in the region, but it could potentially lead to a third world war due to the U.S. security guarantee that could internationalize the conflict overnight" explained the expert from Citi during a "Street Signs" debate held in Singapore at the Milken Institute Asia Summit.

In response, the committee said the USA should be "beaten to death like a rabid dog" for the "heinous sanctions resolution".

"Regardless of whether this most recent test was an operational warhead for an ICBM or simply a device, the yield of the test clearly shows North Korean progress in increasing the yields of their nuclear weapons", the analysis said.

The 38 North website in the United States, which keeps satellite watch on North Korea, raised its estimate for the yield from the explosion to around 250 kilotons - more than 16 times the size of the device that devastated Hiroshima in 1945.

"The fact that the North Korean programme has come under sharp and closer scrutiny, that warrants some examination of its backward linkages", Jaishankar said.

North Korea has threatened to sink Japan and reduce the U.S. to "ashes and darkness" for leading the latest UN Security Council sanctions imposed on the country.

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

Before he took over in January as President Donald Trump's Pentagon chief, Mattis had suggested that the silo-based, long-range weapons, known as intercontinental ballistic missiles, might be expendable.

"This is in order to make the right conditions for dialogues and I would like to emphasize this", he said.

As North Korea holds more frequent and more powerful tests, the South in particular has ramped up its deterrence efforts.

Information for this article was contributed by Choe Sang-Hun of The New York Times and by Kim Tong-Hyung, Hyung-jin Kim and Robert Burns of The Associated Press.

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