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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on a national memorial day in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 17, 2015

North Korea Confirms Successful Testing of Hydrogen Bomb

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North Korea announced a successful test of a hydrogen bomb in a special statement broadcasted by the country's central TV and South Korean TV channels.

According to the statement, Pyongyang claimed the reason for the test was the country's right for "self-defense," and promised not to use nuclear weapons if the international community respects its sovereignty.

Pyongyang also said that it was ready to continue with actively developing its military industry and nuclear weapon in case of possible threats.

​Earlier, South Korea claimed that North Korea might have conducted a nuclear test on Wednesday, which caused an earthquake in the country.

​South Korea's weather service reported that the earthquake was of an "artificial nature."

Hasegawa points at a graph of ground motion waveform data observed in Japan during a news conference at the Japan Meteorological Agency in Tokyo
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Hasegawa points at a graph of ground motion waveform data observed in Japan during a news conference at the Japan Meteorological Agency in Tokyo

The USGS say that the earthquake was of 5.1 magnitude with the epicenter located in Pekam county, in Yangkang province.

​South Korean sources reported that the earthquake occurred near the town of Kilchu.

​South Korean intelligence claims that North Korea did not notify the United States and China about their plans to conduct a nuclear test, the Yonhap agency reports, citing a representative of South Korean intelligence service.

In 2003, Pyongyang withdrew from the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a deal that was intended to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons manufacture and possible use.

In 2005, North Korea declared itself a nuclear power, and conducted several nuclear weapons tests, sparking concerns in the international community, particularly in neighboring South Korea. Almost four years later, Pyongyang tested additional nuclear weapons.

The official data on the country's nuclear program has not been released, and research on the issue is based on external observations and reports made by North Korean authorities.

In December, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country had a hydrogen bomb and was ready to use it to "protect its sovereignty and national dignity."

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  • michael
    time to add another scenario to the wargame playbook for the people in the Pentagon and elsewhere.
  • Aon Duine
    That's it then. No getting rid of them now.
  • ivanwa88
    Appropriate timing considering Saudi aggression with its axis of ill intent. I bet they are the only nation in the alliance that Saudi,Turkey,Israel and co would not trust to restrain themselves if attacked. Certainly adds a high level of deterrent to those determined to take out Iran. Back to negotiant lads after the appropriate apologies for temporally losing ones perspective and mind. Yes that's you Saudi.
  • jas
    Is there anything Obama hasn't goofed up? He's trying to start start trouble with Iran again.

    I have to say that the world is in a much more dangerous state since Obama. He makes me want GW Bush back.
  • maskazer
    Khamsa Mida.
  • ennius flaianus
    Maybe is time for the US to ratify the end of war with North Corea
  • Mikhas
    It still wont force the US to sign a peace treaty and normalize relations after it´s genocidal war in Korea in the 50´s, but it´s the best anti-bully deterrence there is...
  • justnfree
    Those who have largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in Korean peninsula are in no position to criticize North Korea's nuclear tests, even if it deserves criticism!!
  • STOP killary !!
    The gays in the US Navy not only have to worry about a hypersonic Chinese Long Dong nuclear strike, now there is Fat Long, the miniature Korean who can drown their entire carrier fleet with a man made 300ft tsunami wave of spunk !!
  • STOP killary !!in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, The Russian war games supercomputer had advised several years ago, the most cost effective option would be to have deep sleeper cells with miniature nukes to be delivered by drones at Pentagon,etc. No need for expensive ICBMs/MIRVS/Underwater nuclear drones,etc. After which the Walmart people and 50m on food stamps would do the rest !!
  • Where are their necks?
  • Bractwo Himawanti
    Good korean bomb. About 3 to 5 megaton, big, because 5,1 in earthquaqe scale...
  • michaelin reply toSTOP killary !!(Show commentHide comment)
    WW3 is here, I'm an analogue type, there are drawbacks to using programmes for strategy - military and otherwise.
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