North Korea claims it successfully tested hydrogen bomb that can be missile mounted

north-korea hydrogen bomb testNorth Korea said Sunday that it successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb meant to be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The announcement was made on state-run television. A newsreader called the test a “complete success” and said the “two-stage thermonuclear weapon” had “unprecedented” strength. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un ordered the test, according to the announcement.

It is the rogue nation’s sixth, and most powerful, nuclear test.

The announcement came a few hours after a 6.3-magnitude “explosion” was detected at 12:29 p.m. local time in North Korea, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced Sunday.

According to the USGS, the seismic activity occurred 24 kilometers east northeast of Sungjibaegam, North Korea.”Possible explosion, located near the site where North Korea has detonated nuclear explosions in the past,” read a statement on the USGS website, before confirmation that it was indeed a nuclear test.

The USGS said that a second seismic event occurred 22 kilometers east northeast of Sungjibaegam. “Seismic event collocated with the larger possible explosion 8 minutes and 32 seconds earlier,” read a statement on USGS’s website. “This significantly smaller event is likely a secondary feature (possibly a structural collapse) associated with the larger event.”

U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster spoke with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong of the country’s National Security Office, for 20 minutes in an emergency phone call following the test, ABC News confirmed.

Eui-yong said Sunday that President Moon Jae-in will seek every available diplomatic measure, including new sanctions from the United Nations Security Council. He said Moon will also discuss with the Trump administration ways to deploy the “strongest strategic assets” the U.S. has.

Speaking at a press conference Sunday at the South Korean Ministry of Defense, Cho Han-kyu, the director general of operations with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military “strongly condemns North Korea in conducting ICBM-level missile launches and nuclear tests, even stronger than those conducted in the past, regardless of our government’s suggestions to ease military tension and bring peace to the Korean peninsula.”

Han-kyu added, “the South Korea-U.S. alliance, in closest cooperation ever, has all the capability to punish North Korea and we will show our action demonstrating a strong response of the South Korea-U.S. combined forces (against North Korea).”

Condemnation of the test came from China and Russia, as well.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has once again conducted a nuclear test in spite of widespread opposition from the international community. The Chinese government resolutely opposes and strongly condemns it.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday that North Korea’s nuclear test “deserves the strongest condemnation,” adding that immediate dialogue and negotiations are necessary. It says that’s the only way settle the Korean Peninsula’s problems, “including the nuclear one.”

The ministry said Russia is willing to participate in negotiations, “including in the context of the implementation of the Russian-Chinese road map.”

South Korea’s weather agency, the Korea Meteorological Administration, said on Sunday that the apparent nuclear test appears to have been several times stronger than its previous test.

The agency estimated 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, conducted in September 2016.

Prior to North Korea’s announcement, Japan confirmed that the rogue nation conducted a nuclear test. “It is absolutely unacceptable if North Korea did force another nuclear test, and we must protest strongly,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

And South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff had also “presumed” that North Korea did indeed conduct a sixth nuclear test, before its neighbor to the north made the announcement. When news first broke of the seismic activity, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the seismic activity was artificial.

South Korea’s presidential office said it will hold a National Security Council meeting chaired by President Moon Jae-in.

The North Korean government released photos earlier Sunday of Kim Jong Un talking with his lieutenants as he watched a silver, peanut-shaped device that was apparently the purported thermonuclear weapon destined for an ICBM. What appeared to be the nose cone of a missile could also be seen near the alleged bomb in one picture. The photo could not be independently verified. Another photo showed a diagram on the wall of a bomb mounted inside a cone.

ABC News

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  • Arzna

    What an idiot

    Nearly half of North Koreans are going hungry due to food shortages while this kid imports millions worth of luxury goods and liquor .
    He must have been drunk when he ordered the nuclear test .
    Poor North Koreans

  • Rascal

    Space: Iran, North Korea And Debris That Talks
    Link to article relating to North Korea missiles below, if you are interested.

    https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htspace/articles/20170902.aspx

  • Hannibal

    Time to shove it up his A$$

  • Danny Farah

    This manic is trying to cause world war III and he could careless if the takes the world with him. China is using him very well to keep the pressure on the US. Chinese are well aware what they are doing but also playing with fire as well. Putin is asking Trump to be a bigger man and step back. well did Putin stepped back when he was threatened? he is going around and bullying Europe and even the US. but he wants to wait to see if NK hits first? really.. what if this manic take strike first and kills millions in the process.. is Russia and China are going to be on his side when the US wipes him and NK off the map? I think we should let SK takes the lead and tell them to deal with that ding dong and get out of the area all together. For those who owns Hyundai please sell your car before it’s too late. Lol

  • Omega

    What the media failed to mention was that, for the last three weeks, Japan, South Korea and the US have been engaged in large-scale joint-military drills on Hokkaido Island and in South Korea. These needlessly provocative war games are designed to simulate an invasion of North Korea and a “decapitation” operation to remove (Re: Kill) the regime. North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un has asked the US repeatedly to end these military exercises, but the US has stubbornly refused. The US reserves the right to threaten anyone, anytime and anywhere even right on their doorstep. It’s part of what makes the US exceptional.

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/04/what-the-media-isnt-telling-you-about-north-koreas-missile-tests/

    • Rudy1947

      Military drills sound like an excellent idea at this time. Practice makes perfect you know.

      • Omega

        You failed once again to comprehend the situation:

        NK’s missiles tests were/are a response to the provocative drills.

        • Rudy1947

          Any nation can drill in their own territory. Shooting ICBMs over someone else’s territory is quite provocative.

          • Omega

            Provocation is met with provocation.

    • zorbatheturk

      Krembot krapola.

      • Omega

        You Golem you.

        • zorbatheturk

          Eat a rat kebab, Putinoid.

          • Omega

            Oh boy, okay.

          • zorbatheturk

            With Putin’s secret sauce.

  • Danny Farah

    Oh look boss the Pig is flying..

  • Niemals

    An undesirable scenario
    MYSTERY SHOCKS AT NORTH KOREA’S SACRED VOLCANO TRIGGER ERUPTION FEARS AFTER NUCLEAR TEST says a Newsweek headline. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/17c590809e65c64e52ecfd24335ca5b4c94d20148ef74c147dd979d5150fc3b5.jpg In the Korean mythology, Mount Paektu plays a special role because it is the birthplace of Dangun, the founder of the first Korean kingdom.
    Kim Jong-il, father of Kim Jong-un, also claimed to be born at the foot of the volcano, which is not true according to Soviet documents. He is said to have seen the light of the world near the Siberian town of Khabarovsk.

    Beijing reportedly closed the site over fears that underground detonations by the North Koreans at a facility near Punggye-ri could lead to rockslides and even trigger an eruption of the active volcano Mount Paektu, which is sacred to North Korea and located right on the border between the two countries. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/db53f749610e9c99dc83e44a45cf0af2f15fce068f59973c8088fdb0e42d5bcd.jpg Kim Jong-un does not care about the dangers of his tests. He wants to destroy – apparently also the mythology of his country.

    China has limited access to a nature reserve on its border with North Korea after mysterious seismic shakes at the rogue nation’s nuclear test site were detected less than 10 minutes after it launched a missile earlier this month.