On Thursday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un suggested his isolated government has developed a hydrogen bomb, which would represent a significant technological advance.
Jeffrey Lewis of the California-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey likewise doubts that North Korea has the technology to develop such an advanced weapon.
Citing a report from North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency, a South Korean news agency, Yonhap, said Kim made the declaration while touring a historic weapons industry site in the country, according to USA Today. Every year, South Korean and USA soldiers perform massive military exercises right across the border from North Korea.
North Korea has already tested three atom bombs, which rely on nuclear fission.
It is believed to be the first time Kim has publicly said the North has developed the weapon, Yonhap reported.
“If we struggle in the same spirit with which the workers produced sub-machine guns by their own efforts just after the liberation of the country, when everything was in need, we can further build up our country into a powerful one no enemy dares provoke”, Jong-un said, according to the Chicago Tribune.
One theory is that the H-bomb announcement is a distraction created to throw the world off the fact that North Korean Navy recently tested a submarine-launched nuclear missile-and it didn’t go well.
The Korean Peninsula remains technically at war, because the Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
North Korea has a history of making ostentatious claims that can not be substantiated. However, as the meeting itself was called by nine of the 15 Security Council members, and the agenda is set by a simple majority vote, it is doubtful Beijing’s ambassador could prevent it going forward. Repeatedly following it the North has been threatening of destroying the South.
Intelligence officials told NBC the country thinks a successful test equals more “stature in negotiations with the U.S”. ‘Their objective could be to pressure the worldwide community. “Their main aim is to demand the global community to recognize the country as a nuclear state, and to further stress they will not abandon the nuclear weapons”.
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