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

Casey Dawson
September 15, 2017

Coming on the heels of new U.N. Security Council sanctions against the North, the news has caused a stir in South Korea as well.

"Four Islands of the Japanese archipelago needs to drown in a sea of nuclear bomb Juche", the statement reads. His visit comes amid speculation over a growing rift between Seoul and Washington, after US President Donald Trump accused Moon of seeking "appeasement" with North Korea.

The report did not offer details, but said that Choe Kang-il, deputy Director General for North American affairs at the North Korean Foreign Ministry, and Evans Revere, a former senior official at the State Department, had raised North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear tests.

In a statement, North Korea responded by calling the actions "state terrorism" and that the "chief culprit" involved in "cooking up the "sanctions resolution", be beaten to death with a stick fit for a rabid dog".

South Korea's military said the Taurus missile fired from an F-15 fighter jet travelled through obstacles at low altitudes before hitting a target off the country's western coast during drills on Tuesday.

The recent nuclear test was the sixth and most powerful test North Korea has conducted since its first in 2006, demonstrating a stunning advance in the country's ability to build high-yield nuclear weapons.

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On September 3, North Korea tested its most powerful nuclear bomb to date.

The UNSC resolution 2375 refers to the body's decision to impose new sanctions on North Korea - including a ban on the sale of natural gas liquids to the hermit nation, and on its textile exports - while also prohibiting member states from providing work authorisation to its nationals.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is moving mountains with his nuclear tests. And US intelligence officials believe that North Korea will soon be able to reliably fit a nuclear warhead atop a missile.

In response, the committee said the U.S. should be "beaten to death like a rabid dog" for the "heinous sanctions resolution".

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. But on September 12, two days before Pyongyang's statements, President Donald Trump noted the USA may take more actions beyond the recently imposed sanctions.

The Citigroup representative added: "Not only is the North Korean leader in the process of testing his nuclear weapons (Nuclear - No), scoring the sixth this year but also Donald Trump changes the USA foreign and security policy in a way I have not seen before".

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