North Korea offers rare inside look at its latest nuclear bomb technology

Frederick Owens
September 12, 2017

Neighbouring China now supplies most of North Korea's crude oil. Trump has vowed not to allow North Korea to develop a nuclear missile capable of hitting the mainland United States. But the means of delivering nuclear weapons to South Korea and Japan has already been created.

He added that in light of this, the chance of a decision "to conduct any military operation against North Korea" being made is significantly higher. He called on North Korea to "take seriously" the will of the worldwide community to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile development. Judging by the materials published by North Korea, the tested device is compact enough to be installed on a ballistic missile.

The names of a few North Korean officials have also been added to UN's blacklist, which results in the freezing of their assets overseas and a worldwide travel ban.

"The new North Korean nuclear weapons are much more powerful". The malware used in these attacks have been linked to North Korean groups suspects of attacks targeting global banks previous year, FireEye said. The conservative opposition is expected to raise concerns about Seoul taking the back seat to regional powers when it comes to North Korean issues, along with its continued calls for dialogue with the North.

North Korea imports mostly gasoline and diesel fuel from China which are vital to the country's agriculture, transportation and military sectors, according to the EIA.

"It is clear that it is impossible to solve the problems of the Korean peninsula by sanctions alone and pressure", Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the economic forum in Vladivostok following talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last week.

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The United States watered down an initial tougher draft resolution to win the support of Pyongyang ally China and Russian Federation. "Previously, Russia's permanent envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzya expressed doubts that the document could be agreed and adopted in the nearest future", Kashin said.

However, she also clarified that the USA wants a peaceful resolution to this conflict and doesn't want to go to war with Pyongyang, which is quite a contrast from her earlier stand when she had said the North Korea was "begging for war".

USA envoy to the UN Nikki Haley said "we are trying to prod North Korea to do the right thing", adding: "We are now acting to stop it from doing the wrong thing". The initiative has been rejected by the United States.

North Korea has made rapid progress in its nuclear and missile programs despite multiple sets of United Nations sanctions, and Go Myong-Hyun at the Asan Institute of Policy Studies said the latest measures were "not enough to cause pain".

Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times.

The test, which the North said was a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted onto a rocket, came weeks after Pyongyang fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that appeared to bring much of the mainland USA into range.

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