Moments after a 5.1 seismic quake was detected in North Korea, state media announced that it successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test. The North Korean government said on television that “The republic’s first hydrogen bomb test has been successfully performed at 10:00am (0330 GMT)”. The test has been widely condemned by the international community as a breach of UN Security Council resolutions.
A hydrogen bomb is considerably more powerful than an atomic bomb. A thermonuclear weapon is a nuclear weapon that uses the energy from a primary nuclear fission reaction to compress and ignite a secondary nuclear fusion reaction. The result is greatly increased explosive power when compared to single-stage fission weapons like the atomic bomb.
“North Korea announced it had carried out a “successful” hydrogen bomb test, a claim that – if true – massively raises the stakes over the hermit state’s banned nuclear programme.
“The republic’s first hydrogen bomb test has been successfully performed at 10:00am (0330 GMT),” North Korean state television announced.
“With the perfect success of our historic H-bomb, we have joined the rank of advanced nuclear states,” it said, adding that the test was of a miniaturised device.” [Telegraph]
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