If the hydrogen bomb claim is true, it would indicate advances in the North’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Some experts speculate that a fourth nuclear test that is apparently in the planning could test a fission weapon marking an early stage in H-bomb development.
Thermonuclear bombs, or hydrogen bombs, are far more powerful than conventional nuclear weapons. “We do not believe that North Korea, which has not succeeded in miniaturizing nuclear bombs, has the technology to produce an H-bomb”.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made the claim, according to state media outlet KCNA, while touring a historic weapons industry site in the country.
The statement of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un alleging North Korea’s possession of a hydrogen bomb is a response to the US economic blockade of Pyongyang but it is problematic to speak about the real combat nuclear potential of North Korea, head of the Korean Studies Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Far East Institute Alexander Zhebin has said.
D elegates from North and South Korea met in the North’s industrial complex of Kaesong on Friday to begin rare high-level talks aimed at easing tensions. “I think it seems to be developing it”.
Seoul in turn was expected to try to get Pyongyang to agree to hold reunions of war-separated families on a regular basis, a top humanitarian priority for the South, where more than 60,000 mostly elderly people are looking for relatives in the North.
Analysts have warned that it is only a matter of time until the North develops nuclear-tipped missiles.
North Korea claimed five years ago that it had successfully developed fusion technology needed to make a hydrogen bomb. First tested in 1952, hydrogen bombs are more dangerous-and complicated-than atomic bombs. In recent months, Pyongyang said it could launch a submarine ballistic missile, had made nuclear warheads small enough to fit on a missile and had restarted its key nuclear facilities at Yongbyon.
North Korea ran clandestine tests to set off atomic devices in 2006, 2009 and 2013, for which it’s been subject to U.N. Security Council sanctions prohibiting commerce and lending actions that support its weapons program.
UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman kicked off the meeting and said that “the global community has a collective responsibility to protect the population of the DPRK and to consider the wider implications of the reported grave human rights situations for the stability of the region”.
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