N. Korea's nuke progress 'a global threat'

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria on Sept 26, 2017.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria on Sept 26, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

North Korea's sixth nuclear test this month showed it has made rapid progress on weapons development that poses a new global threat, said International Atomic Energy Agency director Yukiya Amano.

"(The) yield is much bigger than the previous test, and it means North Korea made very rapid progress," said the UN nuclear watchdog chief. He said the IAEA did not have the capacity to determine if the North had tested a hydrogen bomb, as Pyongyang claimed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 30, 2017, with the headline 'N. Korea's nuke progress 'a global threat''. Print Edition | Subscribe