SEOUL, Sept. 8 (UPI) — Experts believe North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test on Friday morning, following a 5.3 magnitude earthquake detected near the country’s test site.
The “artificial quake” was very similar to those during previous North Korean nuclear tests leading a South Korean government source to conclude there was a “high possibility” the quake was a result of the rogue nation’s latest test, though North Korean has not confirmed it.
Other hints of a nuclear test are satellite imagery showing recent activity at the Punggye-ri site — the location of the previous tests — and the date. The quake took place on the 68th anniversary of the country.
Prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn has called an emergency meeting of South Korea’s National Security Council.