North Korea said on Sunday it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb created to be mounted on its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile, producing a greater yield than any of its previous nuclear tests.
Kim Jong Un reportedly supervised the bomb while it was loaded into an ICBM, and the article states the new projectile would allow the country to "produce powerful nuclear weapons as many as it wants".
North Korea in July conducted its first ever ICBM tests, part of a stunning jump in progress for the country's nuclear and missile program since Kim rose to power following his father's death in late 2011.
There was speculation that North Korea might have detonated a boosted fission bomb, a weapon considered halfway between an atomic bomb and an H-bomb. "It shows (North Korea) is not only threatening assured destruction of the USA and allied cities in the event it is attacked, but also that (North Korea) is considering limited coercive nuclear strikes, or is seeking credible response options for United States ones".
The US president is expected to hold a national security meeting on Sunday.
Japan confirmed that North Korea conducted a nuclear test, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said.
South Korea, under new president Moon Jae-in, has said it is open to talks with its neighbour, but has so far toed the U.S. line by repeating the caveat that preconditions must be met.
The White House said President Donald Trump spoke with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan regarding "ongoing efforts to maximize pressure on North Korea".
"I can't help but be disappointed and outraged", he said, adding that North Korea's weapons programme was "threatening world peace" and would only "isolate them further".
"I have already instructed the related ministries to collect and analyse intelligence, to give people of Japan informed appropriately, as well as to liaise with the related nations such as the US, South Korea, China and Russian Federation", he said.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the "reckless" new test represented an "unacceptable further threat to the worldwide community".
Senator Jeff Flake, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that the United States had no good options when it came to North Korea.
What does the test tell us?
The U.S. Geological Survey had said the magnitude-6.3 seismic event was a "possible explosion, located near the site where North Korea has detonated nuclear explosions in the past".
The North Korean People's Army takes part in a target-striking contest commanded by Kim Jong Un. Some experts, however, think the North may have mastered this technology.
Nuclear weapons so close to North Korea's border would be a game-changer in the increasingly volatile Korean Peninsula.
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