A magnitude-6.3 earthquake -- caused by an underground testing detonation in North Korea -- was detected and documented by the U.S. Geological Survey, confirming that North Korea has achieved a nuclear weapon with ten times the power of its previous test which produced a magnitude-5.3 earthquake (the Richter scale is logarithmic, not linear).
According to the WSJ:
The latest nuclear test was estimated to have a yield of as high as 100 kilotons—about 10 times the power of the North’s previous test and roughly five times that of the atomic bomb that the U.S. dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945.
In a televised statement, North Korea described the underground explosion, which triggered a large earthquake, as a “perfect success in the test of a hydrogen bomb for an ICBM.” Pyongyang said “the creditability of the operation of the nuclear warhead is fully guaranteed.”
In an article entitled, "North Korea's H-bomb is 'Super-EMP' weapon," the Washington Examiner adds:
North Korea's surprise detonation of a low-yield H-bomb, dismissed as virtually irrelevant by some media experts, is exactly what others have been warning about: a potential Super-EMP weapon that could easily wipe out the electric grid, cars and electronics over a wide swath of the United States.
According to serious estimates, such an EMP weapon could wipe out an estimated 90 percent of the U.S. population by destroying the power grid, collapsing the entire national infrastructure in an instant. (Follow more news about EMP weapons at EMP.news.)
Some have speculated that North Korea is bluffing, but you can't bluff a magnitude-6.3 underground explosion. There's no question that North Korea now possesses very powerful nuclear weapons capability. Whether it's a thermonuclear weapon or merely a "boosted" atomic weapon is debatable, but there's no question that just one such nuclear warhead could wipe out millions of Americans in a single strike.
Further adding to the concerns, North Korea has successfully demonstrated its ability to launch long-range ICBMs capable of reaching the United States. This, despite us all being assured over the last few years by multiple "experts" that North Korea could never develop working ICBMs. It turns out that "North Korea deniers" were dangerously wrong in their predictions, foolishly underestimating the rapid advancement of North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
Over the last several years, I've repeatedly warned that North Korea posed a grave threat to the civilized world. It's now clear that North Korea must be dealt with in an aggressive way, even if it means causing collateral damage. South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the United States are all now potential targets of Kim Jong-Un's nuclear strikes. Given that Kim has openly stated his intention to launch nuclear strikes on key U.S. cities, there's no justification for any delay in acting out of national self-defense to stop this threat.
My video explains why President Trump must deal with this threat immediately, without delay:
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