North Korea warns it has 'powerful hydrogen bombs'

Elias Hubbard
September 4, 2017

All the components of the "H-bomb" were "homemade" so North Korea could produce "powerful nuclear weapons as many as it wants", the state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim as saying. Kim ordered his scientists to successfully conclude the final-stage research and development to make the state nuclear-force flawless, KCNA said.

"He (Kim Jong-un) watched an H-bomb to be loaded into a new ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile)", the report added.

It has been subjected to seven rounds of United Nations Security Council sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, but always insists it will continue to pursue them.

Trump's response to North Korea's announcement that it had detonated a hydrogen bomb that could be attached to a missile capable of reaching the mainland United States included an admonishment of South Korea for its handling of the crisis.

Once nuclear fusion is started, fast neutrons are created which once again trigger nuclear fission of uranium inside the bomb, causing explosions to double and triple, greatly increasing its explosive power.

Based on the tremors following the test, NORSAR estimated it had an explosive yield of 120 kilotons.

But South Korean officials gave a more modest estimation, saying that Sunday's bomb had a yield of 50 kilotons. "The fact that they did this test with the BRICS summit about to start really shows the dire state of relations at the moment".

"When you're evaluating these explosions, you have to do it with a grain of salt because you're trying to mold a mathematical equation to something that's happening in the real world".

Whatever the final figure for the test's yield turned out to be, said Jeffrey Lewis of the armscontrolwonk website, it was "a staged thermonuclear weapon" which represents a significant advance.

It last detonated a nuclear device on September 9 - its foundation day - past year. That took place on September 9, the country's Foundation Day holiday.

The North claimed the device it tested was a thermonuclear weapon - commonly called an H-bomb.

"The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of close cooperation between the United States, Japan, and South Korea in the face of the growing threat from North Korea", the White House says. It was the first nuclear test since Trump took office in January.

North Korea's nuclear test came just a few hours after Trump spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a key ally in the region.

Japan's Meteorological Agency observed a magnitude-6.1 tremor in North Korea at around 12:31 p.m. local (11:31 p.m. ET).

The North should "stop taking mistaken actions which worsen the situation and are also not in line with its own interests, and effectively return to the track of solving the problem through dialogue", the Chinese foreign ministry said. About 90 percent of North Korean exports go to China.

In a communique of the Elysee Palace indicated that the President "most strongly" condemned the actions of Pyongyang.

US President Donald Trump warned after the Tuesday launch that "all options are on the table" concerning North Korea's nuclear and missile program. "It's a deliberate gesture of non-respect. At first, I thought it was a dream", said another.

China's Nuclear Safety Administration said it has begun emergency monitoring for radiation along its border with North Korea.

Trump has been talking tough with the North over its stepped-up missile tests, including a comment that Pyongyang would see fire, fury and power unlike any the world had ever witnessed if it continued even verbal threats. The strongest artificial quake from previous tests was a magnitude 5.3.

But critics worry that the U.S. administration's insistence on denuclearization and some of the President's harsh rhetoric have done more harm than good.

The country has for years worked on nuclear miniaturization so that it can create a warhead small enough to be fired long distances. Find us on Facebook too! It was the sixth nuclear test by Pyongyang since 2006 and the first since the US and South Korea elected new leaders.

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North Korea triggered a new escalation of tensions in July, when it carried out two successful tests of an ICBM, the Hwasong-14, which apparently brought much of the U.S. mainland within range. "They say these type of weapons will prevent a war".

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