South Korea claims its northern neighbor has once again conducted a nuclear test. Seismic authorities of the country says to have detected an artificial earthquake near the known test site of Pyongyang.
Seoul added the quake appeared to be artificial and consistent with a nuke test. President Moon Jee-in called an emergency meeting immediately of national security council to put the military on high alert.
If the report turns true, this would be the sixth nuclear test of North Korea and also the first since Donald Trump became the president of United States. Undoubtedly tensions will be more high between the leaders of the three countries.
Meanwhile, the US Geological Survey too has indicated about the nuclear test saying a 6.3-magnitude earthquake has been recorded Sunday afternoon (North Korean time) near the nuclear test site in Punggye-ri.
USGS adds the quake was felt as far as in northern China and in Yanji the emergency sirens started blaring.
Currently it is a holiday weekend in the US and Labor Day is to be observed on Monday.
Last time North Korea conducted a nuclear test was in September 2016 and an earthquake of 5.3-magnitude was registered then. It was on a national holiday that mark 68th anniversary of the formation of the communist regime by Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of the current leader Kim Jong Un.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the nuclear test and said cannot be tolerated.