North Korea detonated its most powerful hydrogen bomb on Sunday, North Korea confirmed and said: The H-bomb, the explosive power of which is adjustable from tens kiloton to hundreds kiloton, is a multi-functional thermonuclear nuke with great destructive power which can be detonated even at high altitudes for super-powerful EMP attack according to strategic goals.”
Seismological data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) showed that an explosion caused a 6.3-magnitude tremor in the country’s northeast, not far from the country’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site. It was around 11 times more powerful than its fourth blast in January last year and five to six times more powerful than the North’s previous test in September 2016, the Korea Meteorological Administration said.
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The full North Korea announcement reads:
Pyongyang, September 3 (KCNA) — Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un guided the work for nuclear weaponization on the spot.
He was greeted by senior officials of the Department of Munitions Industry of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and scientists of the Nuclear Weapons Institute before being briefed on the details of nuclear weaponization.
The institute recently succeeded in making a more developed nuke, true to the strategic intention of the WPK for bringing about a signal turn in nuclear weaponization.
He watched an H-bomb to be loaded into new ICBM.
Saying that he felt the pride of indomitably bolstering up the nuclear forces at a great price while seeing the Juche-oriented thermonuclear weapon with super explosive power made by our own efforts and technology, he expressed great satisfaction over the fact that our scientists do anything without fail if the party is determined to do.
He was acquainted himself with technical specifications and structural and operational characters of the H-bomb.
The scientists further upgraded its technical performance at a higher ultra-modern level on the basis of precious successes made in the first H-bomb test.
The H-bomb, the explosive power of which is adjustable from tens kiloton to hundreds kiloton, is a multi-functional thermonuclear nuke with great destructive power which can be detonated even at high altitudes for super-powerful EMP attack according to strategic goals.
All components of the H-bomb were homemade and all the processes ranging from the production of weapons-grade nuclear materials to precision processing of components and their assembling were put on the Juche basis, thus enabling the country to produce powerful nuclear weapons as many as it wants, he said.
Noting that the scientists, technicians, workers, soldiers and officials in the atomic power industry, who have made devoted efforts to raising the level of nuclear weaponization up to its perfection as intended by the Party, are creditable “nuclear combatants” of the Party who are upholding its line of simultaneously developing the two fronts with the strongest nukes, he highly praised their exploits.
Underlining the need for the institute to dynamically conduct the campaign for successfully concluding the final-stage research and development for perfecting the state nuclear force, he set forth tasks to be fulfilled in the research into nukes. -0-
Analysts in the world media have said China probably would not take serious action — unless there is another nuclear test. North Korea sixth nuclear test on Sunday would be highly inflammatory for the United States, China, and the neighbors in the region.
U.S. President Donald Trump has been warning Pyongyang not to test him, warning on Twitter that the American military was “locked and loaded.” So the move is a direct challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump, who earlier that day had talked by phone with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the “escalating” nuclear crisis in the region.
Japan immediately raised the prospect of further sanctions against the isolated North, with saying that curbs on its oil trade would be on the table.