Nuclear expert Jeffrey Lewis, a longtime follower of North Korea’s nuclear program, is skeptical but wouldn’t necessarily rule out some experimentation with fusion.
However, any such device it might be working on would be cruder and more old-fashioned than the classical H-bomb and would require larger nuclear tests than North Korea has yet conducted.
“We hope that various pending issues could be discussed smoothly through consultation”, Hwang was quoted as saying by local news agency Yonhap at the start of their meeting just north of the inter-Korean border.
The North was expected to seek the resumption of cross-border tours from the South to its Mount Kumgang resort, a once-lucrative source of cash for the impoverished state that was suspended in 2008. “We don’t think North Korea, which has not succeeded in miniaturizing nuclear bombs, has the technology to produce an H-bomb”. First tested in 1952, hydrogen bombs are more dangerous-and complicated-than atomic bombs.
In Beijing, China said it is aware of the North’s H-bomb claim, and called for all relevant countries to make greater efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, lower tensions and maintain peace and stability.
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.
Because it’s impossible to know how legitimate a threat North Korea really is.
The first test was recorded by seismic stations in Russia, Australia, Japan, China and also South Korea estimating nuclear device of about 5 to 10 kilotons of TNT has been exploded.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects the Phyongchon Revolutionary Site in Pyongyang.
Seoul’s three-member delegation was led by Vice Unification Minister Hwang Boo-gi, and his DPRK counterpart was Jon Jong-su, vice director of the secretariat of the DPRK’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea.
Zhang Liangui, a North Korea expert based at the China’s Central Party School who once studied at Kim Il Sung University, said he doubted North Korea has the ability to develop a hydrogen bomb.
North and South Korea are still technically at war as the 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty. “Their goal could be to pressure the worldwide community”.
Using satellite imagery, the IAEA had observed renovation and construction activity at the main Yongbyon plant, which appears to be consistent with the country’s own statements that it is further developing its nuclear capabilities, said Yukiya Amano, the director general of the IAEA.
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