At 9:00:01 (UTC +8:30), September 9th 2016, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, otherwise known as North Korea, detonated a warhead of similar strength to the Fat Man and Little Boy bombs dropped on Hiroshima. The warhead, which was detonated to commemorate the founding of the country 63 years ago to the day, has caused an almost immediate reaction from international politicians. Most notably, Shinzo Abe of Japan– the country first to collect data on today’s test– has condemned the test and has called for an emergency meeting of the UN security council. Other nations to respond include South Korea, Pakistan, China and the US who have all condemned the test.
The DPRK has been testing with nuclear weapons for almost a decade now. They have been seen as a limited threat until just recently when they developed missiles capable of carrying warheads very close to American strategic outposts in Guam and the Philippines. Almost every country has severed relations with the DPRK due to the recent bout of testings coming from the nation. Heavy economic sanctions have only further escalated the situation; however, the meeting of the UN security council should bring more harsher sanctions, and possibly the use of military intervention.