Earthquake detected in North Korea after claims of ‘super explosive’ Hydrogen bomb
|| NY Daily News
“A 6.3-magnitude earthquake that rocked North Korea on Sunday is presumed to be a weapons test after Kim Jong Un reportedly inspected a “super explosive” hydrogen bomb developed for its intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The U.S. Geological Survey detected a surface “explosion” around 12:30 p.m. local time and a second tremor clocking in at magnitude 4.1 at the same location.
Chinese seismologists suggested the second earthquake was due to a “cave in.”
Japan’s Foreign Ministry attributed the seismic activity to the North’s sixth nuclear test.
“It is absolutely unacceptable if North Korea did force another nuclear test, and we must protest strongly,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said sternly.
North Korea’s latest test is believed to have greatly surpassed its last detonation nearly a year ago on Sept. 9, which packed 15 to 25 kilotons — similar to the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki during World War II. The rumbling was felt along China’s border to North Korea and up the Russian coast.”
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Note: Exactly how dangerous could an earthquake be right after a radioactive six kiloton explosion? Early radio reports indicate there may be some radioactive fallout headed across the border toward China. /CJ
North Korea has developed H-bomb missile warhead: state media
|| Agence France Presse
North Korea has developed a hydrogen bomb which can be loaded into the country’s new intercontinental ballistic missile, the official Korean Central News Agency claimed Sunday.
Questions remain over whether nuclear-armed Pyongyang has successfully miniaturised its weapons, and whether it has a working H-bomb, but KCNA said that leader Kim Jong-Un had inspected such a device at the Nuclear Weapons Institute.
It was a “thermonuclear weapon with super explosive power made by our own efforts and technology”, KCNA cited Kim as saying, and “all components of the H-bomb were 100 percent domestically made”.
Pictures showed Kim in black suit examining a metal casing with two bulges.
North Korea triggered a new escalation of tensions in July, when it carried out two successful tests of an ICBM, the Hwasong-14, which apparently brought much of the US mainland within range.
After its fourth nuclear test, in January 2016, it claimed that the device was a miniaturised H-bomb, which has the potential to be far more powerful than other nuclear devices.
But scientists said the six-kiloton yield achieved then was far too low for a thermonuclear device.
When it carried out its fifth test, in September 2016, it did not say it was a hydrogen bomb.
The North had “further upgraded its technical performance at a higher ultra-modern level on the basis of precious successes made in the first H-bomb test”, KCNA said, adding that Kim “set forth tasks to be fulfilled in the research into nukes”.
Actually mounting a warhead onto a missile would amount to a significant escalation on the North’s part, as it would create a risk that it was preparing an attack.”
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