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‘Add North Korea to your 2016 fear list’: Twitter reacts to H-Bomb test

North Korea said it had successfully conducted a test of a miniaturized hydrogen nuclear device on Wednesday morning.

world Updated: Jan 06, 2016 14:15 IST
HT Correspondent
The surprise announcement complicates already difficult efforts to curb the country’s push for a working nuclear arsenal.
The surprise announcement complicates already difficult efforts to curb the country’s push for a working nuclear arsenal.(AFP Photo)

North Korea on Wednesday announced it had successfully conducted a test of a miniaturised hydrogen nuclear device. The announcement was made on North Korean state TV and followed the detection of a 5.1 magnitude earthquake near its known nuclear test site earlier in the day.

The surprise announcement complicates already difficult efforts to curb the country’s push for a working nuclear arsenal. A hydrogen, or thermonuclear device, uses fusion in a chain reaction that results in a far more powerful explosion than the fission blast generated by uranium or plutonium alone.

Any confirmation of the test will trigger widespread international condemnation of North Korea, which has already conducted three nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013 -- all at Punggye-ri. It would certainly result in a tightening of international sanctions imposed after the North’s previous nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

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