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    Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says his country believes that North Korea carried out a nuclear test on Friday morning, The Japan Times reports.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) – The Japanese government will now hold a senior ministry officials meeting at the office of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the newspaper said on Friday.

    The US Geological Survey (USGS), as well as Japan’s and China’s meteorological services and South Korea’s military, detected a ground-level (0 kilometer depth) seismic event northeast of the town of Sungjibaegam in North Korea on Friday, saying it could be an explosion.

    The South Korean military said it suspected that North Korea had carried out its fifth, "biggest-ever" nuclear test on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the foundation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, marked on Friday.

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    Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), nuclear, US Geological Survey (USGS), Japan
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