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.
Twitter users had mixed feelings about the test. We’ve put together the best ones for you. Read on...
a Donald Trump presidency alongside a nuclear-armed North Korea is the scariest most apocalyptic scenario imaginable— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) January 6, 2016
BREAKING: north korea has officially entered the 1950's. soon they will invent color television and send a man to the moon— cassandra (@cass_jens) January 6, 2016
North Korea leader admits, "They're very, very tingly." pic.twitter.com/5PIFOshinT— Tony Hughes (@TheProtestBoard) January 6, 2016
Add North Korea to your 2016 fear list.— Anonymous (@Anon_reports) January 6, 2016
North Korea really went full #NewYearNewMe and dropped a nuclear bomb without telling anybody.— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 6, 2016
In my dream world, North Korea and Islamic State fight each other and leave the rest of the world alone.— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) January 6, 2016
Netflix is banned in North Korea, which is probably why they're not being very chilled at the moment.— Cori Gonzalez-Macuer (@corigm) January 6, 2016
What's worse? 1. North Korea just tested a hydrogen bomb. 2. Twitter will allow 10,000 character tweets.— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 6, 2016
I’m just trying to go to bed and catch 8 hours of quality sleep and North Korea is out here testing hydrogen bombs. Time and place, man.— Chris Kroeger (@Kroeger) January 6, 2016
north korea is not here to make friends— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) January 6, 2016
Today a hydrogen bomb, tomorrow adding a 5th haircut to the approved citizen styles list. Sky is the limit now, North Korea!— Charles (@MrLXC) January 6, 2016
You know what else North Korea is testing? My patience. Sorry for the outburst, but I feel it's warranted.— Chris Scott (@iamchrisscott) January 6, 2016
North Korea is trending, but they'll never know ??— Tyler Dinucci (@nuccbko) January 6, 2016