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North Korea conducts fifth and largest nuclear test

Friday, September 09, 2016 - 01:20

North Korea announces it has conducted its fifth nuclear test, hours after seismic monitors detected a blast near the secretive country's nuclear test site. Natasha Howitt reports.

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North Korea's state-run television proudly announce the country's fifth nuclear test. Earlier on Friday, a magnitude 5 tremor was recorded by meteorological agencies around the world. It came from close to a known North Korean nuclear test site. South Korea has issued harsh words in response. President Park Guen-hye has said the North's leader Kim Jong Un has showed "maniacal recklessness". Kim's regime conducted its last nuclear test in January. The South says the latest test emitted double the amount of energy. North Korea has repeatedly defied U.N. sanctions this year, launching numerous missiles, often towards Japan. More recently, they've been reaching Japan's Air Defence Zone. Missiles are at the ready in front of the defence ministry in Tokyo, and people on the street say they are scared. "It's just terrifying", this person says. Another said he felt his life was at risk. As South Korea holds emergency meetings, the North says it is now capable of mounting a nuclear warhead on a medium-range ballistic missile. That type of missile was tested on Monday, when world leaders were gathered in China for a G20 summit.

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North Korea conducts fifth and largest nuclear test

Friday, September 09, 2016 - 01:20