US, South Korea Speak after North’s Nuclear Test

People watch a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. North Korea said it set off a hydrogen bomb Sunday in its sixth nuclear test, which judging by the earthquake it set off appeared to be its most powerful explosion yet. The signs read “North Korea, important announcement.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the nuclear testNorthKoreaconducted Sunday — its sixth and largest so far (all times local):

7:25 p.m.

French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned “in the strongest possible terms”NorthKorea’ssixth nuclear test.

In a written statement, Macron “calls on the members of the United Nations Security Council to quickly react to this new violation byNorthKoreaof international law.”

He also calls for a “united and clear reaction of the European Union.”

He says the international community “must treat this new provocation with the utmost firmness” to bringNorthKoreaback to the path of dialogue and give up its nuclear and missile programs.

NorthKorea’snuclear test Sunday was apparently its most powerful yet. State-controlled media say it was a hydrogen bomb. SouthKorea’sweather agency says the detonation set off a magnitude 5.7 earthquake.

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6:35 p.m.

The Russian Foreign Ministry saysNorthKorea’sclaim to have tested a hydrogen bomb “deserves the strongest condemnation.” It’s calling for all parties to refrain from escalating tensions further.

The ministry issued a statement Sunday urging immediate dialogue and negotiations. It says that’s the only way settle the Korean Peninsula’s problems, “including the nuclear one.”

The ministry says Russia reaffirms its readiness to participate in negotiations, “including in the context of the implementation of the Russian-Chinese road map.” Under that proposal,NorthKoreawould suspend nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the U.S. and SouthKoreasuspending their joint military exercises.

NorthKorea’snuclear test Sunday was apparently its most powerful yet. The country’s state-controlled media say it was a thermonuclear device and a “perfect success.”

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6:20 p.m.

A Chinese expert onNorthKoreasays the country conducted its sixth nuclear test Sunday to damage the atmosphere at the summit of the Chinese-led group of large and emerging countries known as BRICS.

The summit of leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa is being held Monday and Tuesday in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen. A related business forum opened Sunday with a keynote speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who said nothing of the missile test.

Cheng Xiaohe (CHUHNG-She’ow-huh) of Renmin University says the latest test means “the Korean Peninsula situation will be at a stage of new crisis.”

He saysNorthKoreahas demonstrated that it is not afraid of any pressure, which leaves other parties with few options.

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6 p.m.

China’s foreign ministry has condemnedNorthKorea’ssixth nuclear test.

The ministry said in a statement Sunday that the Chinese government has “expressed firm opposition and strong condemnation” of Sunday’s detonation.

China urgedNorthKoreato “stop taking erroneous actions that deteriorate the situation.”

NorthKorea’snuclear test Sunday was apparently its most powerful yet. The country’s state-controlled media say it was a thermonuclear device.

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5:10 p.m.

SouthKoreasays it wants to answerNorthKorea’ssixth nuclear test with the strongest measures possible.

SouthKorea’sNational Security Director Chung Eui-yong said Sunday that President Moon Jae-in will seek every available diplomatic measure, including new sanctions from the United Nations Security Council. He says Moon will also discuss with Washington ways to deploy the “strongest strategic assets” the U.S. has to completely isolate Pyongyang.

The president’s office would not comment on it means by “strongest strategic assets.”

The response comes in the wake of theNorth’sconfirmation that it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb of “unprecedented” strength meant to be loaded into an intercontinental ballistic missile. The nuclear test triggered a strong earthquake.

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4:10 p.m.

SouthKorea’spresidential office says the security chiefs for Seoul and Washington have spoken followingNorthKorea’ssixth nuclear test.

The office says U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster spoke with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, for 20 minutes in an emergency phone call about an hour after the detonation.

NorthKorea’snuclear test Sunday was apparently its most powerful yet. State-controlled media say it was a hydrogen bomb. SouthKorea’sweather agency says the apparent detonation set off a magnitude 5.7 earthquake, making the blast five to six times stronger than theNorth’sfifth test in September 2016.

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3:45 p.m.

NorthKorean TV says the country has successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb that is meant to be loaded into an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The TV anchor announced the test’s success on Korean Central Television, hours after Seoul and Tokyo detected unusual seismic activity atNorthKorea’snuclear test site. The announcer saysNorthKorea’sleader Kim Jong Un ordered the test.

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3:30 p.m.

SouthKorea’sweather agency says an apparent nuclear test byNorthKoreaappears to have been several times stronger than its previous test.

TheKoreaMeteorological 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 theNorthKorea’sfifth test in September 2016.

NorthKoreais believed to have conducted a test after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake was detected earlier Sunday. The previous test created seismic waves with a magnitude of 5.0.

Japan’s defense minister says the larger magnitude of the earthquake suggests “capability significantly exceeding the last one.”

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2:55 p.m.

NorthKorea’sstate broadcaster says an important announcement is coming at 3 p.m. in Pyongyang. That would be 3:30 p.m. in Seoul and Tokyo, and 2:30 a.m. EDT.

KRT did not give any details of the announcement, but it comes after earthquake activity was detected earlier Sunday in what is presumed to have been aNorthKorean nuclear test.

The apparent test came hours afterNorthKoreasaid its leader had inspected a hydrogen bomb meant for a new intercontinental ballistic missile. The report could not be independently verified.

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2:30 p.m.

SouthKoreahas refuted a news report that there was a second earthquake nearNorthKorea’snuclear test site.

TheKoreaMeteorological Administration said Sunday that it had not detected another quake.

SouthKorea’sYonhap news service reported a second earthquake had happened eight minutes after the first, citing China’s earthquake agency.

SouthKorea’smilitary said earlier Sunday thatNorthKoreais believed to have conducted its sixth nuclear test after seismic waves were detected with a magnitude of 5.7. That was revised up from an initial report of 5.6.

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1:40 p.m.

SouthKorea’sYonhap news agency says a second quake was detected nearNorthKorea’snuclear test site.

The second quake measured 4.6.

SouthKorea’smilitary said earlier Sunday thatNorthKoreais believed to have conducted its sixth nuclear test after it picked up seismic waves measuring 5.6. The U.S. Geological Survey called the first quake an explosion with a magnitude 6.3.

It came hours afterNorthKoreaclaimed that its leader has inspected a hydrogen bomb meant for a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

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1:30 p.m.

SouthKorea’smilitary saysNorthKoreais believed to have conducted its sixth nuclear test.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul says in a statement SouthKorea’smilitary has strengthened monitoring and readiness and is mulling a variety of possible responses that could be pushed together with its ally the U.S.

The apparent test came just hours afterNorthKoreaclaimed that its leader has inspected the loading of a hydrogen bomb into a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

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1:05 p.m.

SouthKorea’sJoint Chiefs of Staff says a magnitude 5.6 quake inNorthKoreawas artificial and it’s analyzing whether theNorthconducted a nuclear test.

It says it detected a seismic wave from 12:34 p.m. to 12:36 p.m. around Punggyeri,NorthKorea.

The quake came just hours afterNorthKoreaclaimed that its leader has inspected the loading of a hydrogen bomb into a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

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1 p.m.

SouthKorea’sYonhap News agency says a magnitude 5.6 quake has occurred inNorthKorea.

It isn’t immediately clear whetherNorthKoreahas conducted its sixth nuclear test.NorthKoreaconducted its fifth test last September.

The report came just hours afterNorthKoreaclaimed that its leader has inspected the loading of a hydrogen bomb into a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

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