North Korea touts nuclear capability
Military experts say North Korea’s nuclear attack capability is entering a new phase and could be becoming a real threat. The country conducted its fifth nuclear test on Friday that it said was a missile warhead explosion. Scientists claim they can now mount them onto ballistic missiles and mass produce them. NHK World’s Yoshitaka Haraguchi has more.
North Korea’s state-run television announced the news with a statement that it said was from the scientists involved. Seismologists detected the test Friday morning when they observed a magnitude 5.3 tremor. It was in the same place Pyongyang has conducted four nuclear tests since 2006. They’ve happened every few years, but this time was only eight months after the last.
Security experts point out two factors that would mean an increasing threat. One is the impact of the explosion. South Korean officials said it appears to be the largest to date with a force of about ten kilotons. That’s about two-thirds of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. The other factor is the delivery method. North Korea has fired 21 missiles this year. Three were launched this week and believed to have fallen in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
Man arrested for hoax tweet
A man was arrested for tweeting “a lion escaped from the zoo during the quake” just after the Kumamoto earthquake struck. The post caused over 100 calls made to the Kumamoto Zoo and Botanical Gardens inquiring about the lion. This interfered with the inspection of animal enclosures and was deemed “obstruction of business.” According to police this is the first case in Japan in which a hoax following a disaster led to an arrest on an obstruction of business charge. ダマす、植物の、調査する、邪魔をする、調査、囲み、判断する、妨害、告訴