North Korea tests hydrogen bomb?

Earlier today the U.S. Geological Survey measured seismic activity in North Korea at 5.1 magnitude.

5.1 21 km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea
2016-01-06 01:30:01 UTC
0.0 km deep

Now North Korea claims to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb to help defend themselves ‘against the United States’.

CNN: North Korea has successfully conducted a hydrogen nuclear test, according to an announcement on North Korean State TV.

Hong Kong (CNN) North Korea says it has successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test in a region of the country where it conducted three previous nuclear tests.

If the claim is verified, a hydrogen bomb test will be a significant advancement for the country’s military ambitions: the device is more powerful than plutonium weapons, which is what North Korea has previously tested

“If there’s no invasion on our sovereignty we will not use nuclear weapon,” the North Korean state news agency said. “This H-bomb test brings us to a higher level of nuclear power.”

The test took place at 10 a.m. local time, the regime said in a televised statement.

The seismic event, which measured the event at a magnitude of 5.1, occurred 19 kilometers (12 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, the United States Geological Survey said.

David Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector, told CNN last year that Pyongyang could already have 10 to 15 atomic weapons, and that it could grow that amount by several weapons per year.

He said he believed Pyongyang had the capability to miniaturize a warhead for shorter missiles, but not yet for intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

While they might not have the range to strike ion the US – yet – South Korea and other neighbours will be uneasy about this.

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  1. Timoti.

     /  6th January 2016

    Marvellous, they practice cannibalism when food is short according to reports I once read.
    But fear not, they have the bomb? Somebody tap this prick before he does something stupid.

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  2. Klik Bate

     /  6th January 2016

    More likely to be the equivalent of someone in this country saying ‘they were punched in the mouth for speaking Te Reo’.

    There will have been a major 5.1 magnitude earthquake alright, with possibly thousands killed. Kim will have simply seized on the opportunity to have his Propaganda Minister scare the shit out of his neighbours and Obama with talk of a nuclear test.

    As Kim’s father used to say, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste”.

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  3. David

     /  6th January 2016

    That is not a good development

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  4. Zedd

     /  7th January 2016

    There is still major concern, that Iraq, Iran or Syria could get ‘the bomb’.. I think Mr Kim is just reminding the west ‘I already have it & working on a even bigger one !!’ 🙂

    maybe the delivery system to dump on on a western city ? 😦

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