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    Hot Button Issue: Latest Launches, Nuclear Tests Escalate Korean Crisis (97)

    The latest nuclear test carried out by North Korea appears to be the largest this country has conducted since it started its trials, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CNTBTO) Lassina Zerbo said Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The news comes after Pyongyang announced it had conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb, which was successful, and no radiation leakage took place in the process.

    "The physics of the event that we are talking about today seem to indicate a much larger event than the one from 2016 and before," Zerbo said.

    The CNTBTO chief said that North Korea's tests had grown progressively more powerful since 2006 with each new trial.

    According to him, the first registered event was at the "highest threshold" in terms of the organization's detection capability.

    "And eight minutes later we had a subsequent event, we have several possibilities that are in line… and we'll be able to give you in the days or hours to come further details on this issue," Zerbo said.

    The CNTBTO chief said that the organization tried not to speculate on whether this was a test of hydrogen bomb or not.

    Earlier in the day, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said that a nuclear weapon that was tested by North Korea on Sunday is preliminarily estimated to have a yield of up to 70 kilotonnes.

    The Japanese government has condemned North Korea in the strongest terms through its embassy in Beijing and will coordinate its actions with the United States and South Korea to request the United Nations to convene an emergency Security Council meeting, Kono said as quoted by the NHK broadcaster.

    Hot Button Issue: Latest Launches, Nuclear Tests Escalate Korean Crisis (97)


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