The Latest: NKorea’s neighbors checking radiation levels
TOKYO (AP) — North Korea’s neighbors are looking for radiation from its nuclear test, but they might not find any.
The North said the underground test site where it detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb did not leak radioactive materials. If that’s true, it will be difficult for outsiders to determine whether the device was indeed a thermonuclear weapon or a simpler nuclear bomb.
Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority says no abnormal change in radiation levels had been detected on monitoring posts across the country as of Sunday night.
China’s National Nuclear Safety Administration says it activated nuclear radiation-related environmental contingency plans shortly after the test was conducted. It said in a statement on its website that automatic environmental radiation monitoring stations in China’s northeast were operating normally.
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement regarding reports that North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb, the dictatorship’s most powerful nuclear weapon yet.
“If North Korea has in fact successfully tested a nuclear warhead that can be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile, Kim Jong-un is clearly threatening the American people. He must be confronted.
“The United States, our allies and partners, and those who are still enabling Pyongyang must confront and change Kim Jong-un’s calculus of terror. Diplomatically if we can. Militarily if we must.”
Senator Deb Fischer issued this statement:
“The nuclear test conducted by North Korea today is very troubling. We are awaiting further technical details, but early reports indicate it is a significantly more powerful nuclear device than those used in Pyongyang’s previous tests. Without significant international action, it’s only a matter of time before North Korea overcomes the technical challenges remaining to possessing a viable nuclear weapon, which is why I remain committed to strengthening our country’s missile defense to defend against this rising threat.”