North Korea: Tensions after 'H-bomb'

North Korea claims to be testing an H-Bomb, leading Seoul to resume broadcasts critical of the Kim regime.

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Tension is boiling between North and South Korea as South Korea’s military fired warning shots after spotting an unidentified aerial vehicle approaching its heavily fortified border with North Korea, Bloomberg News has reported.

The aerial vehicle, presumed to be a drone,  prompted the South Korean army to broadcast a warning, and it then returned northward immediately after the shots were fired. This comes after Pyongyang was said to have released its fourth nuclear test.

International media is reporting South Korea resumed propaganda broadcasts critical of the Kim Jong Un regime last week in retaliation to the nuclear test and has reinforced its defensive positions near about ten sites where it set up the loudspeakers, while North Korean forces have stepped up surveillance activities.

Bloomberg reported that the incident took place hours after South Korean President Park Geun Hye held a nationally televised press conference in which she urged China to help draw up the “strongest sanctions” against North Korea as punishment for the Jan. 6 nuclear test, in which North Korea claimed it tested a powerful hydrogen bomb, though arms experts say the tremors resembled those seen in previous atomic blasts.

The U.S. has flown a B-52 long-range bomber over South Korea in a show of force.

North Korea’s official media called the bomber mission a move that “pushes the situation to the brink of war.”

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that South Korea warned North Korea that the United States and its allies were working on sanctions to inflict "bone-numbing pain" and has called on China for help.

The nuclear test has angered both China and the United States who are concerned about the country developing nuclear weapons. The U.S. House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously this week to pass legislation to broaden sanctions on the North.

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