After numerous artificial earthquakes were detected by Japan and South Korea last night, the North Korean government announced it had in fact tested its first ever hydrogen bomb.
The KNCA, North Korea’s state news agency said that its “H-Bomb of justice” was aimed at the growing threat of “blackmailing” U.S. allies. They went on to say:
“The U.S. is a gang of cruel robbers which has worked hard to bring even a nuclear disaster to the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korean], not content with having imposed the thrice-cursed and unheard-of political isolation, economic blockade and military pressure on it for the mere reason that it has differing ideology and social system. The present-day grim reality clearly proves once again the immutable truth that one’s destiny should be defended by one’s own efforts. Nothing is more foolish than dropping a hunting gun before herds of ferocious wolves.”
Locations of nuclear test sites:
Japan and South Korea quickly called emergency meetings and the UN Security Council will have an emergency meeting of their own today.
This is sure to be a game changer in the region. Hydrogen bombs are far more powerful than nuclear bombs, and this underground test of a miniaturized one shows just how far the isolated nation’s technology has come.
April surveillance image of North Korea creating a test site:
Some doubt does exist whether or not the bomb actually was a hydrogen one and air samples are currently being collected by bomb sniffing planes and throughout South Korea, to see if fallout can be detected.
The other issue is that North Korea has long range ballistic technology that can carry a Hydrogen warhead to the U.S.’s western shores. To give you an idea of the range, check out this image:
(CNN)Sticking it to its foes, North Korea on Wednesday celebrated what it called a successful hydrogen bomb test — a milestone that, if true, marks a colossal advancement for the reclusive regime and a big test for leaders worldwide to determine what to do about it.
“Make the world … look up to our strong nuclear country and labor party by opening the year with exciting noise of the first hydrogen bomb!” read a document signed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on state television.
Pyongyang has been very vocal about its nuclear ambitions, pressing on despite widespread condemnation, sanctions and other punishments. Having a hydrogen bomb — a device far more powerful than the plutonium weapons that North Korea has used in three earlier underground nuclear tests — ups the ante significantly.
Would North Korea’s ballistic technology actually be able to carry a warhead to U.S. shores or is this issue much ado about nothing? Sound off in the comments below!