The estimated size of North Korea’s latest nuclear test which is around 160 kilotons has been upgraded by Japan, which is ten times more than the size of the Hiroshima bomb and was marked as Tokyo’s second highest after giving the estimates of 70 and 120 kilotons.
The defence minister of Japan said that The upgraded revision to 160 kilotons was based on the revised magnitude by the Nuclear test Ban Treaty Organisation and is more powerful than past nuclear tests.
However, the latest Japan’s estimate exceeded the yield between 50 and 100 kilotons which is indicated by the UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman at the UN Security Council.
On Wednesday, The ministry in Tokyo said that the telephonic conversation held between Onodera and US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis where both of them agreed to step up the visible pressure on North Korea. Onodera told Mattis, the ministry said that his US counterpart shared the view, ” The North Korea nuclear and missile development is at a new stage of grave and imminent threats.”
However, that was described as a hydrogen bomb by Pyongyang which is mainly designed for a long range missile that triggered global alarm and divided the international community for a response.
Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador told UN Security Council that Washington would present a new sanctions resolution to be negotiated in upcoming days but the Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected US calls for more sanctions as useless, on Tuesday.
Among major powers on how to rein in Pyongyang, Putin comments appeared to widened a split pitting Moscow and Beijing against Washington. The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to press Putin for his support over the North Korea’s provocation when the two leaders hold talks in the Russian, on Thursday.
The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters ahead of his departure that We have to make North Korea to change its current policy and understand that there is no bright future.