N. Korea apparently conducts nuclear test on anniversary of country’s founding
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 09, 2016
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea apparently conducted its fifth nuclear test Friday, just eight months after the previous detonation set off heightened tensions on the divided peninsula.
The blast came as North Koreans celebrated the 68th anniversary of the founding of their country. It also follows the nearly simultaneous launch of three mid-range ballistic missiles that flew about 620 miles and landed off the coast of Japan on Monday as the G-20 group of world leaders held a summit in nearby China.
Monitors reported a magnitude 5 earthquake near North Korea’s nuclear site. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, citing an unidentified government official, said Seoul believes it was an atomic test, and the U.S. Geological Survey called it an “explosion.”
The communist regime has stepped up the pace of missile tests in recent months as it pushes forward with its stated goal of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.