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Tremor detected near North Korea nuclear site

1An earthquake has been detected in North Korea, close to a site previously used for nuclear tests.
China, Japan and South Korea have all said there are indications the tremor was man-made, meaning the North may have carried out a new nuclear test.
North Korean state media has said a “special, significant” announcement will be made shortly.
North Korea is thought to have conducted three underground tests since 2006, all at the Punggye-ri site.
The new tremor was detected about 50km (30 miles) from Punggye-ri at a depth of about 10km, according to the US Geological Survey.
Analysis: Stephen Evans, BBC Korea correspondent
After the previous, third nuclear test in 2013, there was widespread condemnation. US President Barack Obama said the test was in defiance of UN resolutions. The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting at which its members, including China, “strongly condemned” the test.
If this, fourth test is confirmed, a similar reaction can be expected.
On top of any fourth nuclear test, North Korea also appears to have tested a submarine-launched missile. The ability to launch missiles from submarines would change the whole calculation of military response because warning times of an attack on, for example, the West Coast of the US would be much shorter.
Before the test, the official North Korean media said that the country “deserved to hold nuclear weapons ….. to counter nuclear threats by the US”.
Experts believe it is still some years before North Korea could hit a target with a nuclear bomb delivered by a missile but it is crystal clear that it is absolutely determined to be able to do so.
South Korean ministers are holding an emergency meeting.
News of the tremor comes ahead of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s birthday on Friday – an event that is usually marked by a show of strength in the country.
The USGS said the quake had a magnitude of 5.1. South Korea’s meteorological agency measured it at 4.2.
Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said that “considering past cases, there is the possibility that this might be a nuclear test by North Korea”.
A US defence department official told Reuters the US was “looking into reports of a possible seismic event near North Korea’s nuclear facilities”.

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