South Korea confirms traces of radioactive gas from North Korea's nuclear test

Posted September 15, 2017

Inoki, who returned from a visit to North Korea earlier this week, told a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday that Japan, as the world's only country to have been attacked by atomic bombs, should stay more neutral and mediate between the US and North Korea.

"The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb".

Japan's public broadcaster NHK claimed on Thursday that United States and North Korean officials had met "secretly" on the sidelines of a security forum in Switzerland earlier this month.

"I believe what President Trump wanted to say was that, not only South Korea and the USA, but also China and Russian Federation all together need to respond very firmly against North Korea's nuclear provocations", he said. "South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!"

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However few expect these measures to be vigorously enforced as the Kim Jong Un government has become adept over the years in evading sanctions, and North Korea's trading partners, especially China and Russian Federation, have been complicit in permitting illicit transactions to continue despite official support for sanctions.

Japan's top government spokesman has called a North Korean threat to sink Japan with a nuclear bomb extremely provocative and outrageous.

This week China reportedly stopped some of its major state-owned banks from providing financial services to new North Korean clients, in what could be a sign of increased sanctions enforcement to prevent any USA retaliation. He even said the United States should "be beaten to death as a stick is fit for a rabid dog".

The Korea Times reports that South Korea successfully conducted its first live-fire drill for an advanced air-launched cruise missile on September 12.

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The aim is to pressure the regime of Kim Jong Un and deprive it of hard currencies needed to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

After the reports that North Korea's latest 6th nuclear test could create destruction of 250 kilotons, the satellite image showed before and after pictures of Mount Mantap, under which tests takes place.

This week, analysts at 38 North, a monitoring service, said satellite images of North Korea's nuclear testing site showed the effects of the natural disaster caused by the most recent test, as well as preparations for "future underground nuclear testing".

The North claimed to have carried out a hydrogen bomb test.

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So while some used to laugh at North Korea's boisterous statements, it's doubtful many in Washington, Seoul, and Tokyo are chuckling now.