SEOUL – North Korea said Wednesday it conducted a hydrogen bomb test, a significant advance in its pursuit of a nuclear arsenal.
A television anchor read a typically propaganda-heavy statement on state TV that said North Korea had tested a “miniaturized” hydrogen bomb, elevating the country’s “nuclear might to the next level.”
Crowds dressed in thick winter coats gathered outside a large video screen near a Pyongyang train station to cheer and take video and photos on their mobile phones of the televised announcement. Some people raised their hands and applauded. Many smiled and cheered.
The state-run Korean Central News Agency said the test was conducted “for self-defense.”
“The Korean Peninsula and its vicinity are turning into the world’s biggest hot spot, where a nuclear war may break out” amid a constant presence of nuclear-armed U.S. forces, it said.
It added, Pyongyang now possesses an “H-bomb of justice.”
Seismological sensors recorded a magnitude-5.1 tremor on Wednesday morning at or near North Korea’s test site.
Full article: North Korea conducts fourth nuclear test, claims to have H-bomb technology (The Japan Times)