Published: Tue, September 05, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Star North Korean newsreader announces 'perfect' atomic blast to the world

Star North Korean newsreader announces 'perfect' atomic blast to the world

China, North Korea's only major ally, said North Korea "has ignored the worldwide community's widespread opposition, again carrying out a nuclear test".

Kim Jong-un's bomb test was hailed as a "perfect success" and came after North Korea fired a missile across the northern-most island of Japan.

The device was more than eight times more powerful than the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, according to NORSAR, a Norway-based group that monitors nuclear tests.

There was no independent confirmation that the detonation was a hydrogen bomb rather than a less powerful atomic weapon of the kind Pyongyang has tested in the past.

Whether or not the device in the picture is real, the photos are meant to clearly show that North Korea understands the concepts behind modern thermonuclear weapons.

South Korea's meteorological administration estimated the blast yield at between 50 to 60 kilotons, or five to six times stronger than North Korea's fifth test in September past year.

The North claimed Sunday's test marked a "very significant occasion" in achieving the "final goal" of becoming a complete nuclear power.

North Korea's sixth nuclear test was expected. "This is not just a game changer, it's a game over".

"We have no choice but to judge that (the test) was a success", Onodera said.

Moscow denounced the American decision to close three Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States as a "blatantly hostile act" that violated global law and demanded Washington reverse the order.

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Pyongyang has defied United Nations sanctions to develop nuclear weapons and to test missiles which could potentially reach the mainland US. But he also said he was "skeptical that this design has been miniaturized to fit reliably on a ballistic missile".

The technology of the hydrogen bomb is more sophisticated, and once attained, it is a greater threat.

"It would show that their design, whatever the specific design, has achieved a yield that is capable of destroying modern cities".

Mr Albright, however, still questioned the North's claim that it was a genuine two-stage thermonuclear device. But experts argue that is still not quite powerful enough to have been a genuine hydrogen bomb.

It came hours after Pyongyang said it had miniaturised a hydrogen bomb for use on a long-range missile, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was pictured with what state media said was a new type of hydrogen bomb.

The shape shows a marked difference from pictures of the ball-shaped device North Korea released in March previous year, and appears to indicate the appearance of a two-stage thermonuclear weapon, or a hydrogen bomb, said Lee Choon-geun, senior research fellow at state-run Science and Technology Policy Institute. USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson had then said Xi agreed to cooperate in reining in North Korea's nuclear programs.

A comparatively small fission bomb made of uranium or plutonium is used to trigger a far larger blast through nuclear fusion, the sticking together of light atoms. A Japanese government source said there would be pressure on Beijing to impose an oil embargo.

On July 28, North Korea conducted a test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed off the coast of Japan.

For the first time, North Korea also specifically mentioned the possibility of a electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, attack. Such a strike would involve detonating a bomb in the atmosphere, instead of firing a long-range missile at a major United States city.

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