After North Korea reported about developing a new advanced hydrogen bomb made solely of materials produced within the country, South Korea and Japan announced that Pyongyang has conducted a nuclear missile test and North Korea has confirmed the reports. Two powerful earthquakes were felt in the region, while the Japanese Prime Minister severely condemned the aggression.
Kim Jong-un looks at the hydrogen bomb Photo Credit: KCNA/Channel 2 News
This morning (Sunday), South Korea reported about a 6.3-magnitude earthquake felt in the region caused by North Korea’s sixth nuclear missile test. China called the earthquake a “suspicious explosion” while Japan declared it a nuclear blast and scrambled three aircraft in order to check for possible radiation. North Korea has confirmed the reports, conducting the nuclear test mere hours after it reported about developing a new advanced hydrogen bomb “with great destructive power.”
Japan proclaimed that the earthquakes were 10 times more powerful than those caused by the previous nuclear test. “The nuclear test is unacceptable,” said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “We must strongly condemn and oppose it.” South Korea also said that the earthquake was “man-made” and condemned the aggressive step.
North Korea’s official news agency added that Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un supervised the development of the hydrogen bomb, which can be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The report from North Korea comes at the culmination of regional tensions caused by a further wave of nuclear missile launches from the isolated country. Recently, the country launched two ICBM missiles with an alleged range of 10,000 km, allowing North Korea to reach several major US cities.