Wednesday, January 6, 2016
North Korea says it conducted a 'successful' miniaturized hydrogen bomb test.
North Korea says it conducted a 'successful' miniaturized hydrogen bomb test. (Yahoo).
North Korea said Wednesday it had carried out a "successful" miniaturized hydrogen bomb test -- a shock announcement that, if confirmed, would massively raise the stakes in the hermit state's bid to strengthen its nuclear arsenal.
The announcement triggered swift international condemnation but also scepticism, with experts suggesting the apparent yield was far too low for a thermonuclear device.
"The republic's first hydrogen bomb test has been successfully performed at 10:00 am (0130 GMT)," North Korean state television announced.
"We have now joined the rank of advanced nuclear states," it said, adding that the test was of a miniaturised device.
Last month Kim suggested Pyongyang had already developed such a device.
The claim was questioned by international experts at the time and there was continued scepticism over Wednesday's test announcement, which took the international community by surprise.
"The seismic data that's been received indicates that the explosion is probably significantly below what one would expect from an H-bomb test," said Australian nuclear policy and arms control specialist Crispin Rovere. Hmmmm........Fact is North Korea and Iran cooperate together and that's the worrisome truth, when it comes to miniaturized war heads. Read the full story here.