North Korea Says Hydrogen Bomb Launched
North Korea says hydrogen bomb was launched resulting in a large “earthquake.” The “earthquake” was felt throughout the region and measured 6.3-magnitude. This was followed by a 4.6 magnitude quake. It was reported to have originated near the North’s main testing site at Punggye-ri. The Japanese Government claimed it had proof the “earthquakes” were man-made. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the nuclear test was “absolutely unacceptable. We have to strongly protest it.”
President Donald Trump tweeted, at 4:30 AM, “North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States…” This was followed by a second tweet nine minutes later, “North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success.” Finally, at 4:46 AM Trump tweeted, “South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!”
North Korea’s official KCNA newsagency reported that North Korea “recently succeeded” in making a more advanced hydrogen domb that will be loaded on to an ICBM. The news agency reported, “The H-bomb, the explosive power of which is adjustable from tens kiloton to hundreds kiloton, is a multi-functional thermonuclear nuke with great destructive power which can be detonated even at high altitudes for super-powerful EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack according to strategic goals.”
A hydrogen bomb can achieve thousands of kilotons of explosive yield. This is more powerful than some 10 to 15 kilotons that North Korea’s last nuclear test in September, 2016 was estimated to have produced, similar to the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.
KCNA reported that Kim said the launch of an intermediate range missile over Japan just a week ago was a “curtain raise” for more activity ahead. Today’s test certainly fills that bill!