According to a report by the Washington Post, North Korea sharply raised the stakes Sunday after detonating a powerful nuclear device that could be attached to a missile capable of reaching the United States.
The regime claims it was a hydrogen bomb. But even if Kim Jong Un is exaggerating the facts, scientific evidence shows that North Korea had crossed an important threshold with a new nuclear device that is vastly more powerful than anything they have used the past, and seven times the size of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.
Trump sharply condemned the test, saying North Korea is “very hostile and dangerous to the United States.”
“North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States … North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
China said Sunday that it “resolutely opposes and strongly condemns” the launch, adding to denunciations from South Korea and Japan.
“The Chinese government resolutely opposes and strongly condemns this,” China’s Foreign Ministry said. will
“China will work together with the international community to comprehensively and completely implement the relevant resolutions of the Security Council of the UN, unswervingly push forward the denuclearization of the peninsula, and unswervingly maintain the peace and stability of the peninsula,” it said.
The nuclear device that North Korea tested appeared to be so large that Vipin Narang, an expert on nuclear proliferation and strategy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, called it a “city buster.”
“Now, with even relatively inaccurate intercontinental ballistic missile technology, they can destroy the better part of a city with this yield,” Narang said.
According to the report, the nuclear test took place at exactly noon local time at North Korea’s Punggye-ri testing site and was recorded as a 6.3-magnitude earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.