President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to offer his reaction to the North Korean nuclear test describing the state as a 'rogue nation' that 'only understands one thing'.
The weapon is believed to have been around five times larger than the bomb dropped on Nagasaki during World War II and designed to fit atop an intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of reaching the mainland US.
President Trump wrote: "North Korea has conducted a major nuclear test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.
"North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success.
"South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!"
Although it is the sixth nuclear test Pyongyang has conducted in total, it is the first since Trump took office.
The blast caused tremors across the country, with NORSAR, an independent seismic monitor, estimating the blast created a yield of around 120 kilotons.
North Korean state media reported that the test was a 'complete success' and the final step in attaining a 'state nuclear force', however it has received widespread condemnation by the international community.
Trump's comments come after Japan's foreign minister, Taro Kono, described the new explosion as 'extremely unforgivable'.
A Chinese foreign ministry statement also said North Korea 'has ignored the international community's widespread opposition, again carrying out a nuclear test. China's government expresses resolute opposition and strong condemnation toward this'.
Source: The Guardian
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