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North Korea yesterday conducted a ‘successful’ hydrogen bomb test, Pyongyang has confirmed.
The detonation of the thermonuclear weapon triggered a 5.1 magnitude
earthquake when it exploded at 10am local time at the Punggye-ri test
site in the north east of the country, the tremors of which were felt
many miles away.
Its ignition ends weeks of speculation that leader
Kim Jong-Un had developed such a weapon, which is lighter yet even more
powerful than the fission blast generated by nuclear bombs containing
uranium or plutonium alone.
‘The republic’s first hydrogen bomb test has been successfully performed
at 10am on January 6, 2016, based on the strategic determination of the
Workers’ Party,’ a state television news reader announced
five-and-a-half hours after the blast.
Reading a typically propaganda-heavy statement, the anchor confirmed
that a ‘miniaturised’ hydrogen bomb had been detonated in an operation
that was deemed a ‘perfect success’.
She added that in doing so, North Korea ‘joined the rank of advanced
nuclear states’ and had elevated their ‘nuclear might to the next
level’, providing a weapon to defend against the United States – who
they claim to have ‘numerous and humongous nuclear weapons’ – and its
The broadcast concluded by saying: ‘If there is no invasion on our
sovereignty we will not use nuclear weapon. This H-bomb test brings us
to a higher level of nuclear power.’
The successful detonation marks a major step in North Korea’s nuclear
development and is bound to cause considerable anxiety to neighbouring
Last month, Kim Jong-Un had suggested Pyongyang had already developed a
hydrogen bomb – although the claim was greeted with scepticism by
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