News out earlier from state news agency KCNA 3 Sept

  • North Korea says it has successfully tested a nuclear weapon that could be loaded onto a long-range missile
  • Pyongyang said it had tested a hydrogen bomb - a device many times more powerful than an atomic bomb
  • South Korean officials said the latest test took place in Kilju County, where the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site is situated
  • the "artificial quake" was 9.8 times more powerful than the tremor from the North's fifth test, the SK state weather agency said.

Fact of fiction but, oh dear. Anyone with real interest for risk-on trades while this is all going on still?

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Reaction so far:

  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in said North Korea's sixth nuclear test should be met with the "strongest possible" response, including new United Nations Security Council sanctions to "completely isolate" the country.
  • China condemned the test
  • Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, also condemned the test and said they can not rule out the possibility that latest test was a hydrogen bomb. Sanctions against North Korea should include restrictions on the trade of oil products
  • Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the global nuclear watchdog, said in a statement that North Korea's latest nuclear test was "an extremely regrettable act"
  • French president Macron strongly condemns the test and says international community must react firmly to this "new provocation"

Let's see what Mr T has to say. His reaction to the last test was understandably muted given the domestic tragedy unveiling with Hurricane Harvey.