Minitrue: No Hyping North Korea Nuclear Test

The following  instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.

The article “North Korea announces: Kim Jong Un ordered a test of a hydrogen bomb. The test was successful” and all related news must close comments. All websites must not hype related topics. [Chinese]

Early Sunday, North Korea announced that it had carried out its sixth nuclear test with a hydrogen bomb that could be carried on an intercontinental ballistic missile. The test, which generated an earthquake that the U.S. Geological Survey measured at 6.3 magnitude, was much larger than previous such tests.

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have been rising since President Trump’s inauguration in January, and the latest test comes after Trump has issued a series of stringent warnings to North Korea over its nuclear program. After the recent tests, Trump criticized China for its failure to resolve the crisis and threatened to cease trade with that country and others that also trade with Pyongyang.

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