N. Korea Claims Success in Testing Hydrogen Bomb

by Sophie Craig September 3, 2017, 16:15
N. Korea Claims Success in Testing Hydrogen Bomb

After the North Korean government threatened the U.S. in August, suggesting they were reviewing plans to attack Guam in preparation for possible retaliation against a USA attack, President Trump said North Korea would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it continued to issue the threats.

Soon after the tremors, the South Korean military said, "The 5.6 quake that struck North Korea was artificial, analyzing to see if it was a nuclear test".

Trump threatened last month to unleash "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to threaten the US with nuclear weapons, and the North in recent days conducted four ballistic missile launches. Outside experts said that it appeared to be a test of a boosted fission weapon, rather than an H-bomb.

The Korea Meteorological Administration estimated Sunday that the nuclear blast yield of the presumed test was between 50 to 60 kilotons, or five to six times stronger than the North Korea's fifth test in September 2016.

The report comes as tensions between Pyongyang and many world powers, particularly the United States, Japan, and South Korea, are at their highest levels in years.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly inspected a "super explosive" hydrogen bomb developed in his nation for use with an intercontinental ballistic missile.

It is seeking to develop a nuclear weapon small enough to be mounted on an ICBM.

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The announcement came after Japanese, South Korean, and U.S. meteorological organizations said they had detected two tremors in North Korea.

In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he "would not tolerate" another nuclear test.

China's Foreign Ministry has released a statement "resolutely condemning" North Korea's nuclear test.

China remains North Korea's largest trading partner though its government is increasingly perturbed by Kim's relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and has signed onto stiff new United Nations sanctions.

It led Mr Trump to warn of unleashing "fire and fury" on the North, while Pyongyang threatened to launch missiles towards the American island territory of Guam. North Korea's last nuclear test, its fifth, was on September 9, 2016, a national holiday to mark the foundation of the communist state.

On Tuesday, the North fired a mid-range ballistic missile that flew over Japan - a test considered one of the most provocative ever by the isolated communist state.

Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke by phone on Saturday to discuss responses to North Korea's provocations, and Trump "provided his conceptual approval of planned purchases by South Korea of billions of dollars in American military equipment", according to a White House statement.

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