North Korea’s state run TV broadcaster said that Pyongyang successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on a new intercontinental ballistic missile, Yonhap news agency has reported.
The sixth underground test was heralded by an artificial earthquake near the North Korea’s nuclear test site in the northeast part of the country. The shockwaves were 10 times more powerful than the last time Pyongyangtested an atomic bomb.
Yonhap news agency also added that North Korea’s apparent sixth nuclear test was estimated to have a yield of up to 100 kilotons, four to five times stronger than the nuclear bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945.
Kim Young-woo, the chief of the parliament’s defense committee, told Yonhap that the explosive power of the apparent nuke tested appeared to be much stronger than the North’s fifth one estimated to have a yield of 10 kilotons.
North Korea has conducted a total of six nuclear tests, in 2006, 2009, 2013, twice in 2016, and 2017.