North Korea developed advanced hydrogen bomb, KCNA reports

North Korea developed advanced hydrogen bomb, KCNA reports

North Korea developed advanced hydrogen bomb, KCNA reports

Pyongyang triggered a new rise in tensions in July, when it carried out two successful tests of an ICBM which apparently brought much of the USA mainland within range.

It was the sixth underground bomb tested since 2006, North Korea's state-run TV broadcaster said.

The U.S Geological Survey said it had recorded a 6.3 magnitude natural disaster at noon Sunday local time, near North Korea's known nuclear test site in the country's northeast region.

USA officials have told Reuters that while North Korea has had parts in place for a nuclear detonation going back several months, no new activity had been seen recently at its known nuclear test site in Punggye-ri in its northeastern region.

The "artificial quake" was 9.8 times more powerful than the tremor from the North's fifth test, the state weather agency said.

"It is absolutely unacceptable if North Korea did force another nuclear test, and we must protest strongly", Mr Abe said.

Earlier, the Kim Jon-Un-led administration is believed to have developed a more advanced thermonuclear weapon which can be loaded on a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) covering most of mainland United States.

Nearly weekly we get new reports of "suspicious movements" at North Korea's Punggye-ri underground nuclear test facility, yet a year after North Korea's last test, and the advent of a reliable intermediate range and intercontinental ballistic missile capability, we are still waiting for that sixth test.

The North's H-bomb had "explosive power that can be adjusted from tens to hundreds of kilotons depending on the target", KCNA said Sunday, claiming technological advances "on the basis of precious successes made in the first H-bomb test".

Japanese and South Korean meteorological officials said an quake detected near the North's test site - measured by the US Geological Survey (USGS) at magnitude 6.3 - was around 10 times more powerful than previous detonations.

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Hydrogen bombs use fusion - the merging of atoms - to unleash huge amounts of energy, whereas atomic bombs use nuclear fission, or the splitting of atoms.

If the initial data holds, it would make it the most powerful weapon that North Korea has ever tested, according to U.S. officials.

The report comes after an natural disaster in the northeast region of North Korea. The chairmen of the joint chiefs of staff, General Jeong Kyeong-Doo and General Joseph Dunford, "agreed to prepare a South Korea-U.S. military counteraction and to put it into action at the earliest date".

The North Korean leadership says a credible nuclear deterrent is critical to the nation's survival, claiming it is under constant threat from an aggressive United States.

There is evidence, though, that the North can mount a nuclear warhead on its new ICBM, according to USA government defense experts.

The TV anchor said North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un ordered the test.

French President Emmanuel Macron condemned "in the strongest possible terms" North Korea's sixth nuclear test.

Impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

The North followed its two tests of Hwasong-14 ICBMs by announcing a plan to launch a salvo of intermediate range missiles toward the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam. The North regularly threatens to destroy the South and its main ally, the United States.

North Korea conducted two nuclear tests previous year and has since maintained a torrid pace in weapons tests, including flight-testing developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles and flying a powerful midrange missile over Japan.

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