North Korea Claims it Has Successfully Tested a Hydrogen Bomb
Despite the country's claims, the U.S. is working to determine if the test was actually successful
North Korea is claiming to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on Tuesday (10 a.m. Wednesday in local time), according to multiple reports.
The bomb was first detected as what was thought to be an earthquake, registering at 5.1 in magnitude, in close proximity to the site of a previous nuclear weapons test in the country, ABC reports.
According to the network, the South Korean weather agency later determined that the earthquake showed indications that it was “artificial.”
“We have perfectly succeeded I testing our first hydrogen bomb,” a North Korean state TV anchor reportedly said. “It was one hundred percent capable from our own wisdom, technology, and power. We have no scientifically test-proved a miniaturized hydrogen bomb.”
North Korea ran three other underground nuclear tests, however the hydrogen bomb is more powerful than the plutonium weapons used before, CNN reports.
“If there’s no invasion on our sovereignty we will not use nuclear weapon,” The North Korean state agency reportedly said. “This H-bomb test bring us to a higher level of nuclear power.”
The U.S. is working to individually corroborate the claim that the test was successful, but one U.S. administrator told CNN that it could take days to retrieve the scientific information to interpret if the test was, in fact, a success.
“U.S Forces Korea is aware of reports on North Korea’s nuclear test today,” a U.S Pacific Command spokesman told ABC. “We remain vigilant and re fully committed to working closely with out Republic of Korea ally to maintain security on the peninsula.”