North Korea Claims to Conduct Successful Hydrogen Bomb Test

Patti MayonnaiseJanuary 6, 2016484 Views
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On Wednesday, North Korea celebrated their first successful hydrogen bomb test. This marks a huge advancement for the regime while posing a colossal question for leaders all over the world: What will they do about it? A document signed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reads, “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!”

 

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Photo Credit: CNN.com

 
Pyongyang has been rather vocal about their nuclear ambitions despite global condemnation, sanctions and other repercussions. A hydrogen bomb is far more powerful than any of the plutonium weapons North Korea has conducted underground nuclear tests for previously. This ups the ante for the country, but many are wondering about the legitimacy of their claims.

 

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Photo Credit: NPR.com

 
The alleged underground test occurred at 10 AM (8:30 ET Tuesday) which corresponds with a magnitude 5.1 seismic event that centered 12 miles east-southeast of Sungjibaegam, according to the United States Geological Survey. Norway based group, Norsar monitors nuclear testing. They also say that the quake on Tuesday was compatible with the strength from North Korea’s most recent plutonium test readings in 2013.

 

Image via FT.com

Image via FT.com

 

On the other hand, no country aside from North Korea has reported this test. Senior U.S. officials say it could take days to gain the scientific data required to determine if this test did in fact occur, its success and whether or not it was indeed a hydrogen bomb. Fellow at the University of Southern California’s U.S. China Institute, Mike Chinoy noted weeks ago that his country was developing an H-bomb. However, this does not necessarily make it fact. Actually, there is little evidence to suggest that North Korea is much more than a poor, isolated nation of mystery with a big talk.

Senior defence analyst with the nonpartisan research group, Count Bruce Bennett remains skeptical claiming North Korea has difficulties “mastering even the basics of a fission weapon.” “Unless North Korea has help from outside experts, it is unlikely that it has really achieved a hydrogen/fusion bomb since its last nuclear test just short of three years ago.”

 

Image via CBC.ca

Image via CBC.ca

 

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