“North Korea says it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile, in an extraordinary show of defiance by leader Kim Jong-un against US President Donald Trump.
“The test, ordered by Kim, was a “perfect success” and was a “meaningful” step in completing the country’s nuclear weapons program, state television said.
“Sunday’s announcement came hours after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that appeared to be man-made was detected at 12.36pm Seoul time, near the North’s known nuclear test site, indicating that the reclusive country had conducted its sixth nuclear test.
“ANU international security professor John Blaxland said if the blast was confirmed to be a hydrogen bomb, it would represent a “quantum leap” in North Korea’s lethal potential.”
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