TASS, September 3. The President of South Korea, moon Jae-In calls the national security Council in connection with recorded Sunday in the DPRK by an earthquake, which may indicate an underground nuclear test. This was reported to the Agency Yonhap.

As reported by the meteorological service of South Korea, the power of “artificial” earthquakes that occurred on Sunday on the territory of the DPRK, almost 10 times higher than a similar capacity of tremors recorded during past nuclear tests of Pyongyang. It is noted that the power of the quake was 9.8 times higher than in the recent nuclear tests in 2016.

Previously, South Korean intelligence recognized that the North Korean authorities have completed preparations to conduct a nuclear test at two underground tunnels at the site of the Pung-ri in the northeast of the country. In recent years, the DPRK has carried out five nuclear tests in 2006, 2009, 2013, and two in 2016 . In response, the UN Security Council has imposed on Pyongyang sanctions. In March this year, the South Korean military said that North Korea began preparations for a nuclear test of new type.

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Tensions around the Korean Peninsula

The situation on the Korean Peninsula remains extremely tense. In July, the DPRK has twice tested a ballistic missile. In turn, the US and its allies are constantly carried out in the region of large-scale naval exercises. The two sides exchanged tough statements, not excluding any scenario, including military.