North Korea Says It Has Developed Hydrogen Bomb to Suit ICBM

North Korea Says It Has Developed Hydrogen Bomb to Suit ICBM

North Korea Says It Has Developed Hydrogen Bomb to Suit ICBM

South Korea says North Korea may have conducted a sixth nuclear test, Yonhap reports citing Blue House.

China remains North Korea's largest trading partner though its government is increasingly perturbed by Kim's relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and has signed onto stiff new United Nations sanctions. North Korea claimed it achieved that milestone after a nuclear test previous year.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for more weapons launches targeting the Pacific Ocean to advance his country's ability to contain Guam, state media said Wednesday, a day after Pyongyang for the first time flew a ballistic missile created to carry a nuclear payload over Japan.

Sunday's statement by the state-run Korean Central News Agency will raise already high worries on the Korean Peninsula and in Washington that the North is closer to its goal of an arsenal of viable nuclear ICBMs that can reach the USA mainland.

Photos released by the Korean Central News Agency show Kim observing a silver, bulbous metal casing.

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Vipin Narang, an MIT professor specializing in nuclear strategy, said it's important to note that North Korea was only showing a mockup of a two-stage thermonuclear device, or H-bomb.

North Korea has been test-firing missiles at a rapid pace all year.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in offered talks to Kim in July, but North Korea hasn't responded. Its most recent, and most powerful, came in September past year.

The launch seemed created to show that North Korea can back up a threat to target Guam, if it chooses to do so, while also establishing a potentially unsafe precedent that could see future missiles flying over Japan.

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North Korea is thought to have a growing arsenal of nuclear bombs and has spent decades trying to flawless a multistage, long-range missile to eventually carry smaller versions of those bombs.

South Korea and Japan are gathering and analyzing data to confirm the test, which Japanese Minister Shinzo Abe said, if confirmed, would not be tolerated.

Kim said he won't give up his nuclear weapons and missile program until the USA drops its "hostile" policies such as the military drills with South Korea that ended this week.

North Korea said that it had developed a more advanced nuclear bomb with "great destructive power", releasing photos of Kim Jong Un inspecting what his government described as a hydrogen bomb that could be attached to a missile capable of reaching the mainland United States.

Kim, according to the statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, claimed that "all components of the H-bomb were homemade. thus enabling the country to produce powerful nuclear weapons as many as it wants".

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But the choices for neighbors in the region and for the United States, which hosts some 28,000 forces in South Korea as part of a decades-old alliance, are lousy.

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