Tensions grow as North Korea seeks to advance weaponry
Continuing a push toward more modern weapons, it was reported by the Yonhap News Agency that North Korea claims it has successfully carried out a test of a hydrogen bomb, which can be paired with an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile).
North Korea claimed in an announcement that a sixth nuclear test of their bomb was a “perfect success”. The announcement was made only hours after an artificial earthquake of a 5.7 magnitude was detected near an area known to be North Korea’s nuclear testing site in the northeastern part of their territory.
According to the Korean Central News Agency, the “H-bomb test was carried out to examine and confirm the accuracy and credibility of the power control technology, and internal structural design newly introduced into manufacturing the H-bomb to be placed as the payload of the ICBM.”
To date, North Korea has conducted six nuclear tests since 2006, with two detonations taking place just last year. Amidst tensions between N. Korea and surrounding territories, analysts state that the ICBM tests “could put much of the U.S. mainland within range”, to include places such as Los Angeles, and all the way to Chicago.
The aggressive provocation displayed by North Korea is expected to increase pressure on the international community to impose more strict sanctions on the North Korean government.