Pyongyang, North Korea, Sept. 3rd: With no independent confirmation, North Korea, DPRK, today, Sunday claimed it has developed and detonated an advanced Hydrogen bomb. North Korea said that they have developed advanced thermonuclear weapon that possesses “great destructive power” and will be loaded on a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). North Korea made the announcement on state television in which it said that a hydrogen bomb test ordered by leader Kim Jong Un was a “perfect success” and a “meaningful” step in completing the country’s nuclear weapons programmes.
Global condemnation trailed DPRKs latest brazen assertion of its weapons capabilities. Japan immediately raised the prospect of further sanctions against the isolated North, with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga saying that curbs on its oil trade would be on the table.
“Showing nonchalance to the international community’s general opposition, North Korea again conducted a nuclear test … China resolutely opposes this and strongly condemns it at the same time,” China’s foreign minister said in a statement.
China wants North Korea to face up to the international community’s determination toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the statement said, adding that “the denuclearization of the peninsula as well as non-proliferation and maintaining peace and security in Northeast Asia are China’s firm stance.”
It also urged Pyongyang to stop escalating tensions, abide by United Nations Security Council resolutions and “come back to the track for problem resolution through dialogue.”
China will “implement UNSC resolutions thoroughly and in an all-out manner,” the statement also said, reaffirming the country’s determination on the denuclearization and securing peace on the peninsula.
In Tokyo, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged not to condone North Korea’s sixth nuclear test.
“North Korea’s nuclear and missile development pose a more serious, urgent, and a new stage of threat to our country’s security,” Abe said after convening a national security council meeting. “This is seriously compromising the peace and security of the region and the international community,” he pointed out.
“(Japan) sternly protests North Korea and condemns (the test) in the strongest words ever,” he also noted.
Japan will step up cooperation with the United States, South Korea, China, Russia and other countries to review a response to North Korea, including further action by the UNSC, he also said.
Photo: The official Korean Central News Agency said leader Kim Jong-Un inspected a miniaturised H-bomb that could be loaded onto a missile
Key dates in North Korea, DPRK’s quest to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the US:
Late 1970s: North Korea starts working on a version of the Soviet Scud-B (range 300km). Test-fired in 1984
1987-92: Begins developing variant of Scud-C (range 500km), Rodong-1 (1,300km), Taepodong-1 (2,500km), Musudan-1 (3,000km) and Taepodong-2 (6,700km)
Aug 1998: Test-fires Taepodong-1 rocket over Japan in what it calls a satellite launch — the US and others say it is a missile
Sept 1999: Declares moratorium on long-range missile tests amid improving ties with US
July 12, 2000: Fifth round of US-North Korean missile talks ends without agreement after North demands $1 billion a year in return for halting missile exports
March 3, 2005: Pyongyang ends moratorium on long-range missile testing, blames Bush administration’s “hostile” policy
July 5, 2006: Test-fires seven missiles, including a long-range Taepodong-2 which explodes after 40 seconds
Oct 9, 2006: Conducts underground nuclear test, its first
April 5, 2009: Launches long-range rocket which flies over Japan and lands in the Pacific, in what it says is an attempt to put a satellite into orbit. The US , Japan and South Korea see it as a disguised test of a Taepodong-2
May 25, 2009: Conducts its second underground nuclear test, several times more powerful than the first
April 13, 2012: Launches what it has said is a long-range rocket to put a satellite into orbit, but which disintegrates soon after blast-off
December 12, 2012: Launches a multi-stage rocket and successfully places an Earth observational satellite in orbit
February 12, 2013: Conducts its third underground nuclear test
January 6, 2016: Conducts its fourth underground nuclear test, which it says was a hydrogen bomb — a claim doubted by most experts
March 9, 2016: Kim Jong-Un claims the North has successfully miniaturised a thermo-nuclear warhead
April 23, 2016: Pyongyang test-fires a submarine-launched ballistic missile
July 8, 2016: US and South Korea announce plans to deploy an advanced missile defence system — THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense)
August 3, 2016: North Korea fires a ballistic missile directly into Japan’s maritime economic zone for the first time
September 9, 2016: Conducts fifth nuclear test, its most powerful to date
March 6, 2017: Fires four ballistic missiles in what it says is an exercise to hit US bases in Japan
March 7, 2017: US begins deploying THAAD missile defence system in South Korea
May 14, 2017: North Korea fires a ballistic missile which flies 700km before landing in the Sea of Japan. Analysts say it has an imputed range of 4,500km and brings Guam within reach
July 4, 2017: Test-fires a ballistic missile that analysts say brings Alaska within reach. Pyongyang later says it was a “landmark” test of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)
July 28, 2017: Launches a missile with a theoretical range of 10,000km, meaning it could hit much of the US
August 26, 2017: Fires three short-range ballistic missiles
August 29, 2017: Fires ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific, acknowledging for the first time that it has done so. South Korea says it flew around 2,700km at a maximum altitude of about 550km
September 3, 2017: State media show leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting what it professes to be an H-bomb that can be loaded onto an ICBM. The claims have not been confirmed
The latest nuclear test comes amid heightened regional tension following Pyongyang’s two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in July that potentially could fly about 10,000 km (6,200 miles), putting many parts of the mainland United States within range.