January 06, 2016 13:50
North Korea on Wednesday claimed to have conducted a successful test of a hydrogen bomb.
The country's "first hydrogen bomb test has been successfully performed at 10 a.m... based on the strategic determination of the Workers' Party," state-run [North] Korean Central TV claimed.
The channel added that the test came in "self-defense against the U.S. having numerous and humongous nuclear weapons."
Independently, a strong artificial tremor measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale was observed in the area of North Korea's nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province, agencies reported.
Most experts doubt that North Korea has the technology required to detonate a hydrogen bomb.
In South Korea, President Park Geun-hye called an urgent security meeting, and there has been strong condemnation from the Japanese government.
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