>> An atomic blast as big as Hiroshima. North Korea announcing it successfully detonated a nuclear warhead on Friday on the anniversary of the country’s founding. Experts say its Pyongyang’s largest atomic explosion ever, at least twice as strong as any previous test, meaning, a leap ahead in its nuclear capabilities.
The Reuters Tony Manuel says Supreme leader Kim Jong-un is aiming for more than just advanced weapons.>> Somewhat Korea's standpoint this does ragged up its bargaining power in terms of its dealings with the rest of the world, and that is very much the point here, it is not exactly recognized as a significant player and a nuclear power, and this is the recognition that it wants.
>> News of the test has the region scrambling, South Korean president Park Geun-hye putting in an emergency call to Barack Obama who vowed Washington would pull out all the stops to protect its ally. North Korea is carrying out weapons tests despite strict international sanctions. Japan and South Korea are now talking about tightening the squeeze, but the questions is, how much further can they go.
>> North Korea is already very isolated, it is not very well integrated into the world economy so there's not a lot the world can do in terms of sanctions. It will be very interesting to see what it comes up with in terms of diplomatic response to this and whether there are significantly enhanced sanctions and whether those can even be effective.
>> North Korea claims the warhead it tested was small enough to fit on the head of the medium-range ballistic missile. It also says the test was a response to threats and sanctions by what it calls hostile elements, including the United States.