North Korea launched its biggest-ever nuclear
test on September 3. North Korea said it was
a hydrogen bomb. That means there is a huge
advance in the North's push for nuclear-tipped
missiles capable of hitting the US.
The North's sixth test made South Korea boost its own military capabilities. Washington agreed to lift restrictions on South Korean's missile payload capabilities.
More launches may be coming. Seoul said that North Korea appeared to be planning a future missile launch, possibly of an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile). It was unclear when such a launch might happen, but September 9 is the anniversary of North Korea's founding and past launches have also happened on important national dates.
The U.N. Security Council has held its second emergency meeting about North Korea. Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned North Korea's nuclear test but also warned against using military force against the country. China once again urged the U.S. and South Korea to stop the deployment of a high-tech missile defense system in South Korea.
北韓在9 月3 日進行歷來威力最大的核試，他 們表示這次試爆的是氫彈。這顯示北韓核武技術 有重大突破，一路往飛彈可搭載核彈頭，且射程 可攻擊美國本土之路挺進。
北韓近日可能會進行更多試射。南韓表示，北 韓似乎正在計畫另一次飛彈試射，可能試射洲際 彈道飛彈（ICBM）。目前不清楚他們會在何時試 射，但9 月9 日是北韓國慶日，而過去的試射都 發生在北韓的重要紀念日。
聯合國安理會已針對北韓召開第二次緊急會議 。俄羅斯總統普丁譴責北韓核試，但也警告勿對 北韓動武。中國則再次呼籲美國與南韓，停止在 南韓部署高科技飛彈防禦系統。