North Korea is like that tiny dog that likes to bark at bigger dogs, who ignore it despite the fact that they could devour it within minutes. North Korea's inferiority complex is not only proving dangerous to the world, but also to themselves. Let's not forget that there's a nuclear reactor about 90 kilometers from the capital.
“The Foreign Ministry is currently holding a meeting presided over by the minister to immediately determine the situation following the reports,” a ministry official said, according to the South Korean news agency.
South Korea’s intelligence agency is analyzing the probability of a fourth nuclear test having taken place, while the National Security Council is preparing to hold a meeting to discuss the issue, Yonhap reported.
Japan's chief government spokesman also said the earthquake was “likely caused” by a nuclear test, Reuters reports. Meanwhile a US defense official said the department was “looking into the reports of a possible seismic event near North Korean nuclear facilities.”
North Korea first declared that it created a nuclear bomb in 2005. Since then, Pyongyang has conducted three known underground tests. The first, conducted in 2006 at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site in the northeast of the country, contained five to 10 kilotons of explosives. It was recorded by seismic stations in Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and Australia.
The second and third tests were conducted in May 2009 and January 2013, increasing the power of the devices tested 10 to 20 kilotons of TNT each.
North Korea’s 2013 test triggered sanctions from the UN Security Council, which put restrictions on the county’s banking, trade and travel immediately.
It is unclear at this whether North Korea has managed to develop a nuclear device small enough to be used as a warhead on a ballistic missile, but if history has proven anything, it's that they're not above making hollow threats. They're like the boy who cried wolf. Hopefully the United States is prepared . . . just in case.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) January 6, 2016