On September 9, 2016 North Korea confirmed that it carried out its fifth, and reportedly largest, nuclear test. Reports in the region initially detected a 5.3-magnitude earthquake, but a statement from the Nuclear Weapons Institute of the DPRK on the North Korean Central News Agency confirmed the nuclear test at 9 am local time. International reactions have condemned North Korea’s actions.
This nuclear test comes just days after the country tested a never-before-seen Extended Range Scud missile on Monday while world leaders met in China for the G-20 summit, and is only several months after North Korea’s most recent nuclear test in January 2016.
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North Korean ER Scud 3D Model
Click the play button to learn more about the ER Scud with this interactive 3D model