North Korea Reveals Shocking Images Of Possible H-Bomb Warhead

Monday, 04 Sep, 2017

North Korea triggered a new ramping up of tensions in July, when it carried out two successful tests of an ICBM, the Hwasong-14, which apparently brought much of the USA mainland within range.

The announcement came after Japanese, South Korean, and United States meteorological organizations said they had detected two tremors in North Korea.

North Korea conducted two nuclear tests last year, the last almost a year ago, on the September 9 anniversary of the nation's founding.

"North Korea's mission is quite clear when it comes to this latest atomic test: to develop a nuclear arsenal that can strike all of Asia and the USA homeland", Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the conservative Center for the National Interest in Washington, said.

South Korea's weather agency says the apparent detonation set off a magnitude 5.7 quake, making the blast five to six times stronger than the North's fifth test in September 2016.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described it as "absolutely unacceptable" while Russia's foreign ministry expressed "strongest condemnation" but urged calm.

North Korea, in a broadcast on its state-run television network, confirmed it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb meant for intercontinental ballistic missiles, several media outlets reported Sunday.

North Korean state media released photos Sunday of the new nuclear warhead the country intends to load into its new intercontinental ballistic missile.

KCNA said that the H-bomb has an explosive power which is adjustable from tens kiloton to hundreds kiloton and 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.

Hydrogen bombs use fusion - the merging of atoms - to unleash huge amounts of energy, whereas atomic bombs use nuclear fission, or the splitting of atoms.

North Korea's latest claim on a hydrogen bomb could not be verified. Last month, North Korea fired a potentially nuclear-capable mid-range missile over northern Japan.

South Korea, the U.S., and Japan have been unnerved by the North's weapons programs, which Pyongyang has been defiantly advancing as countermeasures to their hostility.

The previous nuclear blast in North Korea is estimated by experts to have been around 10 kilotons.

The North claimed the device it tested was a thermonuclear weapon - commonly called an H-bomb.

A report also adds that the language behind this statement is a clear signal that Pyongyang is indeed planning to conduct its sixth nuclear weapon test.

The artificial quake was detected around 12:30 p.m. local time Sunday in the North Hamgyong Province, the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) reported.

Impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

Baldwin called Kim Jong Un "a threat" to the United States and its allies in Asia.

North Korea conducted two nuclear tests last year, the last almost a year ago, on the September 9 anniversary of the nation's founding.

The development comes amid heightened regional tension following launch of an intermediate-range missile by North Korea that flew over Japan.