North Korea confirms sixth nuclear test

North Korea says its carried out its sixth nuclear test, this time using a newly built hydrogen bomb. The blast is the most powerful to date and caused a significant earthquake. Joel Labi reports

NORTH KOREA/SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA/TOKYO, JAPAN (TV TOKYO/KRT/KCNA/REUTERS) – North Korea announces its sixth nuclear test yet on Sunday (September 3), the most powerful one yet.

State media says leader Kim Jong-un ordered the test of a hydrogren bomb, one that can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Only hours earlier, the North taunted its neighbours by releasing these images; claiming to show Kim Jong-Un inspecting the homemade weapon.

The regime boasting it will have “great destructive power” and can be detonated at high altitudes.

This test caused significant earthquakes — and sent shockwaves through South Korea and Japan.

“If North Korea has gone ahead with a nuclear test, this is absolutely not acceptable and we will have to strongly protest”, said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

In the past few months, Pyongyang has increasingly put its destructive rhetoric into action,

sending a over northern Japan and launching a long range missile capable of hitting parts of the US.

Now, with this latest test, Pyongyang edges a step closer to arming itself with a nuclear weapon.