Contrary to the hopes and beliefs of Western diplomats North Korea’s regime did not resign nor even slow down its speed of nuclearisation of its arsenal.
This morning Pyongyang announced its “successful” test of hydrogen bomb.
Hours earlier the geological stations in South Korea detected earthquake in a place of nuclear test. Its magnitude of 5,1 was identical to the quake that was result of previous tests.
Some experts expressed doubts. According to estimation of the explosive yield from the explosion was much smaller than what even a failed H-bomb detonation would produce.
An estimated explosive yield of 6.0 kilotons and a quake with a magnitude of 4.8 (the U.S. reported 5.1) were detected, lawmaker Lee Cheol Woo said the National Intelligence Service told him. That’s smaller than the estimated explosive yield of 7.9 kilotons and a quake with a magnitude of 4.9 that were reported after the 2013 nuclear test, he said, and only a fraction of the hundreds of kilotons that a successful H-bomb test’s explosion would usually yield. Even a failed H-bomb detonation typically yields tens of kilotons, the NIS told Lee, who sits on the parliament’s intelligence committee.
Although there are still doubts whether a test has been indeed successful, according to the South Korean intelligence, Pyongyang could make a huge jump in its quest to improve its still-limited nuclear arsenal.
The day earlier Teheran revealed its second, underground secret storage facility with missiles capable to carry WMD warheads.
The Emad digitally guided missiles violate Emad precision-guided missiles in store which the United States says can take a nuclear warhead and violate a 2010 U.N. Security Council resolution.