NK nuclear test shows progress in increasing weapons yield: 38 North

NK nuclear test shows progress in increasing weapons yield: 38 North

- There's "no way to stop" Kim Jong Un's regime and its missile and nuclear program, a North Korea expert told Fox News on Thursday, the warning coming amid Pyongyang's continued threats to sink Japan and blast the U.S.

"It is something that markedly heightens regional tension and is absolutely unacceptable", Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, said on Thursday.

The UN Security Council passed new punitive measures on Monday in response to Pyongyang's claim it had tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3.

Japanese professional wrestler-turned-lawmaker Antonio Inoki, who has conducted sports diplomacy with North Korea since the 1990s, has urged Japan to do more to calm escalating tensions between the US and North Korea.

The North said its latest nuclear test was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles that were flight tested twice in July.

Global powers hope that economic sanctions will deprive the North of the resources it needs to pursue its nuclear programme and pressure it into negotiating.

"I believe what President Trump wanted to say was that, not only South Korea and the USA, but also China and Russian Federation all together need to respond very firmly against North Korea's nuclear provocations", he said.

"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. The latest test was said to have been a hydrogen bomb created to be mounted on a newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile that has "great destructive power", state media said following the announcement of the test. The analysts gave no indication that a test appeared to be imminent.

Moon said just because the United States and South Korea were now pursuing a firm path of sanctions and military drills, the time for negotiations wasn't over.

"These disturbances are more numerous and widespread than seen after any of the North's previous five tests, and include additional slippage in pre-existing landslide scars and a possible subsidence crater", the report says.

"The proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, as well as their means of delivery, constitutes a threat to global peace and security", the council said in a statement.

The outbreak of military conflict on the Korean Peninsula would be destabilizing and could possibly result in a global war, according to Citi's top global political analyst.

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