North Korea claims success in fifth nuclear test
Sept.9, Seoul: North Korea says it has successfully carried out its fifth nuclear test, in continued defiance of UN resolutions.
A 5.3 magnitude tremor had earlier been detected near its nuclear test site.
South Korea believes it is the North's biggest-ever test, raising fears it has made significant nuclear advances.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye called it an act of "self-destruction" showing the "maniacal recklessness" of leader Kim Jong-un. The US warned of "serious consequences".
China's foreign ministry said Beijing was resolutely opposed to the test and urged North Korea to avoid further action that would worsen the situation, BBC reported.
The Oslo Times International News Network