North Korea is preparing to launch a ballistic missile right now…

‘We have continued to see signs of possibly more ballistic missile launches. We also forecast North Korea could fire an intercontinental ballistic missile,’ said Chang Kyung-soo, a defence ministry official.

The defence ministry was called by parliament on Monday to answer questions about North Korea’s sixth and largest nuclear test that was carried out a day earlier. Yonhap news agency reports that Seoul’s defence ministry also measures North Korea’s nuclear test at 50 kilotons.
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The detonation yesterday was the strongest ever from the North, which claimed the test was of a hydrogen bomb.South Korea responded to the nuclear test with live-fire drills off its eastern coast on Monday that were meant to simulate an attack on the North’s main nuclear test site.

South Korea fired missiles during an exercise at an undisclosed location .The live drills were meant to simulate an attack on the North’s main nuclear test site . A live-fire exercise simulating an attack on North Korea’s nuclear test site was carried out yesterday to ‘strongly warn’ Pyongyang over its claimed test of a hydrogen bomb, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff have said.

The drill involved F-15 fighter jets and South Korea’s land-based ‘Hyunmoo’ ballistic missiles, and they released live weapons ‘accurately struck’ a target in the sea off the country’s eastern coast, the JCS said.
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German taxman breaks record for carrying the most beer in one go….It came after Kim Jong Un’s regime on Sunday claimed ‘perfect success’ in an underground test of what it called a hydrogen bomb.
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It was the North’s sixth nuclear test since 2006 and involved a device potentially vastly more powerful than a nuclear bomb.

US defence secretary Jim Mattis hit back, saying the US will answer any threat from the North with a ‘massive military response – a response both effective and overwhelming’.South Korean army soldiers prepare barbed wires during a military exercise in Paju, South Korea.

Earlier, President Donald Trump threatened to halt all trade with countries doing business with the North, a veiled warning to China, and faulted South Korea for its ‘talk of appeasement.’The tough talk from America’s commander in chief and the retired general he picked to oversee the Pentagon came as the Trump administration searched for a response to the escalating crisis.

Mr Trump, asked by a reporter during a trip to church if he would attack the North, said: ‘We’ll see.’

No US military action appeared imminent, and the immediate focus appeared to be on ratcheting up economic penalties, which have had little effect so far.The UN Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting at the request of the US, Japan, France, Britain and South Korea.South Korean army’s K-9 self-propelled howitzers.

It would be the Security Council’s second urgent session in under a week on the North’s weapons tests, which have continued in the face of a series of sanctions.

Members of the US Congress expressed alarm at the North’s test and emphasised strengthening US missile defences. Leaders in Russia, China and Europe issued condemnations.

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by Avinandan, The Blogging Connection