The Associated Press is reporting that the head of the U.N. Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization says its monitors are looking for a smoking gun that will confirm that North Korea carried out a nuclear test — and whether it was a hydrogen bomb as Pyongyang claims.
Dayton-area Congressman Mike Turner, chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, was among elected officials nationwide to condemn North Korea’s actions.
“I condemn in the strongest possible terms any nuclear test allegedly conducted by the government of North Korea. If reports prove accurate, this most recent test poses a direct threat to the United States, NATO, and our many partner nations in the region. North Korea’s continued development of nuclear weapons and advanced delivery capabilities must be met with decisive action and condemnation by the entire international community. North Korea is a nuclear proliferator and has chosen a dangerous course of steady escalation.”
Turner will be on Miami Valley’s Morning News live Thursday at 7:45 a.m. to discuss the situation in North Korea. Tune in at Am 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO to listen. The interview will also stream live at whio.com
Lassina Zerbo told U.N. reporters in New York that over 30 international monitoring stations detected Wednesday’s unusual seismic event on the Korean peninsula which was similar to North Korea‘s last nuclear test in 2013.
Zerbo said the organization needs some time to detect radioisotopes released from an underground test and that there is no way to determine whether a hydrogen bomb was detonated without that information.
He said it took over 50 days to detect radioisotopes venting from North Korea‘s previous test.