Nuclear Weapons Test - 09 September 2016 Test
On 09 September 2016, North Korea announced that it had conducted a successful nuclear weapons test. This followed the detection of a 5.3-magnitude artificial earthquake near North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site, close to where the DPRK's fourth nuclear test occurred in January 2016.
According to the Korean Central News Agency statement:
Scientists and technicians of the DPRK carried out a nuclear explosion test for the judgment of the power of a nuclear warhead newly studied and manufactured by them at the northern nuclear test ground under the plan of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) for building strategic nuclear force.
The Central Committee of the WPK sent warm congratulations to nuclear scientists and technicians of the northern nuclear test ground on the successful nuclear warhead explosion test.
The nuclear test finally examined and confirmed the structure and specific features of movement of nuclear warhead that has been standardized to be able to be mounted on strategic ballistic rockets of the Hwasong artillery units of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army as well as its performance and power.
It was confirmed through the results of analysis of the test that the measured values including explosion might and the nuclear material usage coefficient conformed with the calculated values and that there was no radioactive materials leakage during the test and, therefore, no adverse impact on the ecological environment of the surroundings.
The standardization of the nuclear warhead will enable the DPRK to produce at will and as many as it wants a variety of smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power with a firm hold on the technology for producing and using various fissile materials. This has definitely put on a higher level the DPRK's technology of mounting nuclear warheads on ballistic rockets.
U.S. Geological Survey and European agencies detected the quake Friday 09 September 2016 at 9:30 a.m. local time.
The date of the test was charged with symbolism, as it marked the 68th anniversary of the founding of North Korea and followed a North Korean pattern of marking important holidays by conducting nuclear and missile tests.
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