Experts Doubt North Korea Hydrogen Bomb Explosion's Authenticity

© AFP 2022 / JUNG YEON-JEPeople watch a news report on North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test at a railroad station in Seoul on January 6, 2016.
People watch a news report on North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test at a railroad station in Seoul on January 6, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Lassina Zerbo stated that CTBTO monitoring stations picked up an "unusual seismic event" in the DPRK's nuclear test site area and experts are currently conducting tests to establish the nature of the recent explosion.

VIENNA (Sputnik) — Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Lassina Zerbo expressed on Sunday doubt in the authenticity of North Korea's recent hydrogen bomb test.

"North Korea: the explosion was not sufficiently powerful to call it a hydrogen bomb, but the hypothesis that the fission was doped by hydrogen isotopes is plausible," Zerbo wrote in his official Twitter account.

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un said Sunday that Pyongyang ‘s alleged hydrogen bomb test was an act of self-defense carried out in a defining year for the North Korean ideology’s revolutionary cause.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the 5th meeting of training officers of the Korean People's Army - Sputnik International
North Korean Leader Says Nuclear Test 'Self-Defensive'
On Wednesday, Zerbo confirmed that CTBTO monitoring stations picked up an "unusual seismic event" in the DPRK's nuclear test site area. CTBTO experts are currently conducting tests to establish the nature of the recent explosion.

North Korea declared itself a nuclear power in 2005 and conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013, having earlier withdrawn from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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