North Korea says it has conducted H-bomb test

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A man watches a news report at a railroad station in Seoul on January 6, 2015, after seismologists detected a 5.1 magnitude tremor next to North Korea's main atomic test site in the northeast of the country. North Korea said on January 6 it had successfully carried out its first hydrogen bomb test, marking a major step forward in its nuclear development if confirmed. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE / AFP / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

A man watches a news report at a railroad station in Seoul on January 6, 2015, after seismologists detected a 5.1 magnitude tremor next to North Korea’s main atomic test site in the northeast of the country. North Korea said on January 6 it had successfully carried out its first hydrogen bomb test, marking a major step forward in its nuclear development if confirmed. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE / AFP / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it has conducted a hydrogen bomb test. The surprise announcement that complicates already difficult efforts to curb the country’s push for a working nuclear arsenal.

The North said Wednesday in a broadcast that the test was successful. A hydrogen bomb is generally more powerful than a nuclear bomb.

North Korea has long pushed for an arsenal of warheads that can be mounted on a missile capable of reaching mainland America’s shores. North Korea is thought to have a handful of rudimentary nuclear bombs. But it is not yet thought to have succeeded.

South Korean officials earlier detected an “artificial earthquake” near North Korea’s main nuclear test site.

An H-bomb test will almost certainly lead to a push for new sanctions at the United Nations.

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1 Comment

  • NO PC FOR ME

    Why not- Obama gave Iran nukes. only seems fair the crazy nutjob running North Korea should have thermonuclear weapons.
    Yeah this “hope and change” is turning out to be, hope we don’t get nuked or killed by all the terrorists that have been empowered as our president reaches out to Islamic nations.
    Think the cold war was bad…think the Cuban missile crisis was bad..

    Lines in the sand and sternly worded letters from obama won’t save us when it finally hits the fan.