North Korea has announced that it successfully completed its fifth, and largest, nuclear test, despite condemnation from both the United Nations and China, the country’s main ally.
North Korea conducted its fifth and biggest nuclear test on Friday and said it had mastered the ability to mount a warhead on a ballistic missile, ratcheting up a threat that its rivals and the United Nations have been powerless to contain.
A magnitude-5.3 tremor was recorded close by to the North Korean nuclear testing site, in the early morning before the announcement.
The blast, on the 68th anniversary of North Korea’s founding, was more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, according to some estimates, and drew condemnation from the United States as well as China, Pyongyang’s main ally.
Under Kim Jong-Un’s rule North Korea has accelerated the development of its nuclear and missile programs, despite UN sanctions that were tightened in March and have further isolated the impoverished country.