North Korea yesterday conducted a
â€˜successfulâ€™ 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.
republicâ€™s first hydrogen bomb test has been
successfully performed at 10am on January 6, 2016, based on the
strategic determination of the Workersâ€™
Party,â€™ 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
â€˜miniaturisedâ€™ hydrogen bomb
had been detonated in an operation that was deemed a
She added that in doing so,
North Korea â€˜joined the rank of advanced nuclear
statesâ€™ and had elevated their
â€˜nuclear might to the next
levelâ€™, providing a weapon to defend against the
United States â€“ who they claim to have
â€˜numerous and humongous nuclear
weaponsâ€™ â€“ and its other
The broadcast concluded by saying:
â€˜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.â€™
The successful detonation marks a
major step in North Koreaâ€™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
â€“ although the claim was greeted with scepticism
by international experts.
Source: UK Daily