South Korea Conducts 'Stealth' Cruise Missile Test

South Korea Conducts 'Stealth' Cruise Missile Test

South Korea Conducts 'Stealth' Cruise Missile Test

The most recent satellite images of North Korea's nuclear site taken Friday show a greater number of surface disturbances following Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test than previous tests at Punggye-ri, US analysts say.

Suga said the North's statement "significantly escalates tensions in the region".

"The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche", said the country's Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, according to state news agency KCNA.

Following Monday's UN Security Council vote in support of the US-drafted sanctions resolution aimed at forcing the North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un to abandon the nuclear weapon and missile programmes, Pyongyang vowed to redouble its efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction and warned that the United States would face "the greatest pain it ever experienced in history" for leading a push for harsher UN sanctions.

Although not as tough as what the US had sought, the sanctions are expected to have a significant impact.

On Wednesday night, NBC News reported that North Korea was moving mobile missile launchers at hard sites, which indicates the regime is going to fire off another missile.

Worldwide powers hope that economic sanctions will deprive the North of the resources it needs to pursue its nuclear programme and pressure it into negotiating.

The pictures apparently show a fresh crater, which may have been caused by the portal used for the hydrogen bomb test caving in after detonation, although 38 North said it was impossible to be certain.

In response, the United Nations slapped even harsher sanctions on North Korea than it has in the past.

Nuclear-armed North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan on August 29 in a major escalation of tensions by Pyongyang.

Pyongyang claims it detonated a hydrogen bomb in this latest test, which its state media swiftly described as "a flawless success". The analysts gave no indication that a test appeared to be imminent.

The South Korean military said the air-to-surface Taurus missile was sacked from an F-15 fighter jet, then traveled through obstacles at low altitudes before precisely hitting a designated target over the sea off the country's western coast.

As North Korea holds more frequent and more powerful tests, the South in particular has ramped up its deterrence efforts. She added that the images from the North's nuclear test in 2016 did not show substantial change on the mountain's surface.

"The adoption of sanctions resolution against my country is an extreme manifestation of USA intention to eliminate at any cost the ideology, social system of DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) and its people", the ambassador said while addressing other state representatives in Geneva.

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