North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un claims that his nation has obtained an atomic bomb.
The leader made the announcement while he toured the Phyongchon Revolutionary Site. The site is one of the last accomplishments of his deceased father.
The work of Kim Il Sung “turned [North Korea] into a powerful nuclear weapons state ready to detonate a self-reliant [atomic] bomb and [hydrogen] bomb to reliably defend its sovereignty and the dignity of the nation,” KCNA quoted Kim Jong Un as saying.
Also known as a thermonuclear bomb, a hydrogen bomb produces a much stronger blast than an atomic one. North Korea carried out tests to set off nuclear devices in 2006, 2009 and 2013, for which it has been subject to United Nations sanctions banning trade and financing activities that aid its weapons program.
Nations neighboring North Korea are handling the announcement with great caution. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Huan Chunying reportedly said, “The situation on the Korean peninsula is very delicate, complex and fragile. We hope all concerned will make effort that contributes to peace and stability.”
China is one of North Korea’s only allies. The mega nation has yet to comment on Kim Jong Un’s announcement.
North Korea is still at war with South Korea, and has repeatedly vowed to destroy it as well as the United States.
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