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North Korea Has ‘Perfect Success’ in First Text of Next Level Nuclear Hydrogen Bomb, Causing 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake

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North Korea has detonated a hydrogen bomb large enough to create an earthquake that registered 6.3 on the Richter scale. The milestone is huge for the rogue nation, as the state media is reporting that the warhead is small enough to fit on a missile. This massive escalation has many wondering where the international community will draw the line.

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The test was conducted at the Punggye-ri test site, but the resulting blast was large enough to be felt in both China and Russia.

North Korean state-run media claimed the test was a “perfect success” and noted that the bomb’s blast was an estimated 10 times larger than any of the previous tests.

For months now, if not years, various countries have been drawing proverbial lines-in-the-sand for North Korea. And the nation continues to flaunt its success with the development of missiles and with nuclear bombs. How far will their weapons’ program be allowed to advance before action is taken?

This new warhead, if the country’s claims are accurate, will test international resolve. Yet the international community is more afraid of what will happen to South Korean cities, like Seoul, that are well within range of the North’s conventional artillery. Millions would be killed in the first onslaught alone, without nuclear capability being put into play.

Donald Trump wasn’t pleased by the news. North Korea, he says, is a “rogue nation” and a “great threat and embarrassment to China.”

Will he respond with military force?

“North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test,” he tweeted. “Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.”

“North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success.”

“South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!”

Questions remain about North Korea’s ability to weaponize the warhead. Analysts can be reserved with their assessments, but they are saying that this new bomb isn’t small enough to make the journey all the way to the west coast of the United States. Yet it does pose an imminent threat to U.S. territories, and to allies like South Korea and Japan.

 

Will this test be enough to get the rest of the international community on board? Just last week, Russia’s President Putin was condemning the United States for their role in escalating tensions.

Now, though, we are past the war of words. And that has prompted German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron to issue a joint statement that calls the test a “new dimension of provocation.” The pair have called on the EU and the UN security council to respond.