North Korea may have conducted 6th nuclear test, news agency reports

Korea’s official news agency. AFP  KCNA via KNS

The conversation between the American and Japanese leaders came as North Korea said it had developed a more advanced thermonuclear weapon that possesses "great destructive power".

Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said it was a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile that the North first successfully tested in May and threatened to fire into waters near Guam earlier this month.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has weighed into the North Korea crisis, warning the United States and others against going down a "dead-end road" and calling for talks to resolve the issue.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile travelled around 2,700km and reached a maximum height of 550km as it flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. The last nuclear test Pyongyang conducted, which was almost a year ago, triggered a 5.3-magnitude seismological event.

The small island in the Western Pacific is the closest U.S. territory to North Korea and hosts two important U.S. military installations. The first of its two atomic tests previous year involved what Pyongyang claimed was a sophisticated hydrogen bomb; the second it said was its most powerful atomic detonation ever.

The test comes just hours after the country released images of Kim inspecting what it said was a hydrogen bomb ready to be fitted atop a missile with intercontinental capabilities.

The KCNA report made no mention of plans for a sixth nuclear test.

Russian Federation was a participant in the six-party talks, which took place in the mid-2000s in an attempt to get North Korea to abandon its then burgeoning nuclear program.

The Korea Meteorological Administration estimated Sunday that the nuclear blast yield of the presumed test was between 50 to 60 kilotons, or five to six times stronger than the North Korea's fifth test in September 2016.

The test, using Standard Missile-6 guided missiles, intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target.

Abe also told newsmen that Trump said the USA was 100 percent with Japan.

Six-nation negotiations on dismantling North Korea's nuclear program in exchange for aid fell apart in early 2009.

Pyongyang test-fired two missiles last month that experts say could potentially deliver a nuclear warhead to the United States.

Japan's Shinzo Abe said North Korea's ruthless act is a grave threat to his country.

In a statement, the air force said the US bombers flew out of Guam and four stealth fighter jets from a US Marine Corps base in Japan.

In July, a former defector who enjoyed moderate amounts of fame through television, condemned South Korean society and claimed she was forced to "slander and speak ill" of the North.

The United States and South Korea are technically still at war with North Korea because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

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