Did North Korea Conduct a Hydrogen Bomb Test?
The front page on The Rodong Sinmun, North Korea’s main newspaper, featured dictator Kim Jong Un signing an order for a hydrogen bomb test.
“Let’s begin 2016… with the thrilling explosion of our first hydrogen bomb, so that the whole world will look up to our socialist, nuclear-armed republic and great Workers’ Party of Korea!” some of the text that was written by Mr. Kim read.
North Korea Announced Successful Bomb Test
North Korea had announced Wednesday that they’d successfully done the hydrogen bomb test. This announcement came shortly after South Korea reported an earthquake-like event approximately 30 miles from the Punggye-ri sie, where the North conducted nuclear tests before.
The seismic wave caused by the explosion was actually smaller than expected. Some experts say the North may have boosted the yield of a traditional device using tritum. A senior South Korean military official, who wants to remain anonymous, said “we presume that it was not a hydrogen bomb test.”
KCNA, a North Korea state-run news service, reported that Mr. Kim made the decision last January 3 to push their plans of hydrogen bomb testing, which they tested accordingly at 10AM on January 6 with total success.
How the International Community Reacted
Whether or not the international community should respond, we don’t know the answer to that yet. However, White House officials are determined to undercut whatever North Korea’s propaganda is in claiming their first success in detonating a thermo-nuclear device. They said that according to the initial data they got from their monitoring stations in Asia, it wasn’t consistent with a test of a hydrogen bomb.
The Security Council’s two-hour closed session held on Wednesday, concluded with a pledge of starting to work immediately on a resolution that would involve additional measures in reining Pyongyang. Although they didn’t specify what the measures were, the most obvious would be prohibiting the loading and unloading of North Korean ships worldwide, or their financial transactions with the North.