North Korea has claimed that it successfully carried out its fourth nuclear device test, and first hydrogen bomb test, on Wednesday at 10am local time. The U.S. cannot confirm the details, but the United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un reportedly ordered the test, after the country had announced it had developed a miniaturized hydrogen bomb last month. While it is not as powerful as the atomic bomb, it is still a threat and North Korea says it is a defense against America.
The announcement comes after the U.S. Geological Survey reported an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale 30 miles away from Punggye-ri, where North Korea has conducted tests in the past. The last one was in 2013, which led to an earthquake measuring the same on the scale.
If the broadcast is true, it will be the first time the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. The statement earlier said that it has pushed the country forward in the ranks of “advanced nuclear states.” The statement continued to defend North Korea’s actions, which are unsanctioned by the U.N., saying that it is to protect itself against the United States. The country claims that America has gathered forces against it through slander against its human rights. Having a hydrogen bomb is self-defense against a country with many nuclear weapons. It also said that it would only use the nuclear weapons if others used them first.
The United Nations is expected to meet on Wednesday to discuss North Korea’s nuclear program, which has faced sanctions against it following successful tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013. Jong-Un responded to the sanctions in 2013 by making threats against South Korea and Japan. China had condemned the nuclear tests in 2013, but has not confirmed its stance on the latest statement.
The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-hydrogen-bomb-live-un-security-council-a6798411.html
The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/06/north-korean-nuclear-test-suspected-as-artificial-earthquake-detected
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