South Korea calls national security meeting after earthquake of magnitude 6.3 detected near a North Korean testing area

South Korea has contradicted a news report that there was a second earthquake near North Korea’s nuclear test site, according to AP News.

The Korea Meteorological Administration said Sunday that it had not detected another quake.

The US president has postured and threatened while Kim Jong-un has simply ploughed on building a nuclear warhead and a missile that can carry it, writes John Delury, a North Korea expert at Yonsei University in Seoul:

The test does not fundamentally change the situation on the Korean peninsula, thought it is another acceleration. What is still missing is diplomacy. It is up to theTrump administration whether they want to flip this into an opportunity to belatedly start talking directly to Pyongyang, or just continue down the beaten track of shows of force, more UN sanctions, and secondary sanctions. More of the same stuff that has been done for the last eight years.

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