August 13, 2022

North Korea’s sixth nuke test: Who will win the war of words?

Kinetic action may be a limited possibility, but that it is being discussed should concern us all

Well, it happened again: on September 3 North Korea conducted yet another nuclear test, its most powerful ever. Initial estimates put its yield in the proximity of 100 kilotons, which is much stronger than all earlier tests: the explosion was at least five times more powerful than the one conducted in September 2016.

State media has already said that this time Pyongyang tested a thermonuclear device, also known as a hydrogen bomb. On the day of the test, Kim, Jong Un was depicted on the first page of the Rodong Sinmun standing next to what is claimed to be the device being mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).