North Korea confirms nuclear test

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North Korea has confirmed its sixth nuclear test after  The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the hydrogen bomb test on Sunday morning, ordered by leader Kim Jong-un, was a “perfect success”.

The test took place at 12pm (03:30 GMT) and was carried out to “examine and confirm the accuracy and credibility” of North Korea’s technology, KCNA said.

The test was of a bomb with “unprecedently large power” and “marked a very significant occasion in attaining the final goal of completing the state nuclear force”, KCNA said.

Pyongyang earlier on Sunday reported details of its latest weapon, claiming it has developed a more advanced nuclear bomb that can be loaded onto a intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

There was no independent confirmation that the detonation was a hydrogen bomb.

Japan was the first country to confirm the North Korean nuclear test, while South Korea described the “artificial quake” as “the most powerful” test yet.

The US Geological Survey was first to report an earthquake in North Korea on Sunday, citing a first tremor of 6.3 magnitudes with a depth of 23 kilometers.