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North Korea claims to have developed hydrogen bomb

North Korea claims to have developed hydrogen bomb

Japan is debating whether to develop limited pre-emptive strike capability and buy cruise missiles - ideas that were anathema in the pacifist country before the North Korea missile threat.

North Korea said on Sunday it has developed a more advanced nuclear weapon that has "great destructive power" as leader Kim Jong Un inspected a hydrogen bomb at the Nuclear Weapons Institute.

It was also claimed that the hydrogen bomb had an "explosive power" of between tens and hundreds of kilotons, which could be detonated at high altitudes, resulting in a "super-powerful attack".

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been high since last month when North Korea threatened to launch missiles into the sea near the strategically located U.S. Pacific territory of Guam after U.S. President Donald Trump said Pyongyang would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the United States. There is also scepticism about the North's claims to have developed a hydrogen bomb, which is more powerful than an atomic bomb.

North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests.

"The bottom line is that they probably are going to do a thermonuclear test in the future, we won't know if it's this object though".

Russia's top diplomat urges U.S. to offer deal to North Korea
Lavrov didn't offer further details, but said Russian Federation would do all it can to prevent "such frightful developments". Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok are suspended until further notice ", the embassy said in a statement.

The quake came just hours after North Korea claimed that its leader has inspected the loading of a hydrogen bomb into a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

Trump has warned that the USA military is "locked and loaded" and that North Korea would face "fire and fury" in the event of further provocation.

Pyongyang's assertion that "this warhead is variable-yield and capable of specialized weapons effects implies a complex nuclear strategy", Mount added.

A long line of US presidents has failed to check North Korea's persistent pursuit of missiles and nuclear weapons.

In what could be read as a veiled warning of more nuclear tests, Kim underlined the need for scientists to "dynamically conduct the campaign for successfully concluding the final-stage research and development for perfecting the state nuclear force" and "set forth tasks to be fulfilled in the research into nukes". About 28,500 American troops are deployed in South Korea as deterrence against North Korea.


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