Tremors across world as N Korea ‘triggers’ H-bomb

SEOUL:North Korea said today it has conducted a powerful hydrogen bomb test, a defiant and surprising move that, if confirmed, would be a huge jump in Pyongyang’s quest to improve its still-limited nuclear arsenal.

Tremors across world as N Korea ‘triggers’ H-bomb

singhking99@yahoo.com

Seoul, January 6 

North Korea said today it has conducted a powerful hydrogen bomb test, a defiant and surprising move that, if confirmed, would be a huge jump in Pyongyang’s quest to improve its still-limited nuclear arsenal.

A television anchor said in a typically propaganda-heavy statement that the North had tested a “miniaturized” hydrogen bomb, elevating the country’s “nuclear might to the next level” and providing it with a weapon to defend against the United States and its other enemies. The statement said the test was a “perfect success,” and the announcement was celebrated on the streets of Pyongyang.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye ordered her military to bolster its combined defence posture with US forces and called the test a “grave provocation” and “an act that threatens our lives and future.”

There has long been skepticism by Washington and nuclear experts about past North Korean claims about H-bombs, which are much more powerful, and much more difficult to make, than atomic bombs.

A confirmed test, however, would be seen as extremely worrying and lead to a strong push for new, tougher sanctions on North Korea at the United Nations. It would also further worsen already abysmal relations between Pyongyang and its neighbours. North Korean nuclear tests catch global attention because each new blast is seen as pushing North Korea’s scientists and engineers closer to their goal of building a bomb small enough to place on a missile that can reach the US mainland.  — AP

Top Stories

Tokyo 2020: Indian women create history, enter Olympic hockey semifinal for first time

Tokyo 2020: Indian women create history, enter Olympic hockey semifinal for first time

Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur rose to the occasion when it matter...

From facing poverty in childhood to fulfilling 'Olympic dream'; Rani Rampal has come a long way

From facing poverty in childhood to fulfilling 'Olympic dream'; Rani Rampal has come a long way

The 26-year-old is just one more victory away from achieving...

Goalie Savita Punia, who stood like a wall, loved listening to hockey commentary on radio as a child

Goalie Savita Punia, who stood like a wall, loved listening to hockey commentary on radio as a child

This “childhood love” for the sport that prompted her to opt...

Tokyo Olympics: Discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur finishes creditable 6th in Olympics

Tokyo Olympics: Discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur finishes creditable 6th in Olympics

American Valarie Allman took the gold with a first round thr...

Schools reopen for all classes in Punjab; children happy, but many parents apprehensive

Schools reopen for all classes in Punjab; children happy, but many parents apprehensive

The attendance was reported more from rural areas while turn...

Cities

View All