Kim Jong Un inspects loading of Hydrogen bomb into ICBM

North Korea Reveals Shocking Images Of Possible H-Bomb Warhead

It comes after a shallow quake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale was detected near the rogue nation's only known nuclear testing site at Punggyeri, in the North Hamgyong Province.

A man watches a TV news report about a possible nuclear test conducted by North Korea.

Japan's meteorological agency officer Toshiyuki Matsumori displays a chart showing seismic activity detected in North Korea, during a press conference at the agency's headquarters in Tokyo, on September 3, 2017.

The USGS said the epicentre was recorded 24 km east-northeast of Sungjibaegam and zero km deep.

North Korea has developed a hydrogen bomb which can be mounted on a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Pyongyang's state media claimed Sunday.

Experts and officials have warned that North Korea could conduct its sixth nuclear test at any time, after conducting its last two in 2016.

Kim, according to the statement, claimed that "all components of the H-bomb were homemade. thus enabling the country to produce powerful nuclear weapons as many as it wants".

The Australian and South Korean government have released statements calling for the UN Security Council to impose harsher sanctions against North Korea.

"We shouldn't be surprised by the fact they had the test, but usually they spread it out a bit", says Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate in the East Asia Nonproliferation Program (EANP) at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

The developments are raising already high tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in Washington that the North is getting closer to its goal of an arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that can reach the U.S. mainland.

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North Korea says it has loaded H-bomb onto ICBM

North Korea watchers say that could be imminent.

Although it claimed that a nuclear test in January a year ago was of a hydrogen bomb, experts said the seismic waves generated were consistent with an ordinary nuclear device, not a thermonuclear one.

"If North Korea did indeed conduct a nuclear test, we absolutely can not tolerate and must protest firmly". It urged North Korea to "stop taking erroneous actions that deteriorate the situation".

The apparent test came just hours after North Korea claimed that its leader has inspected the loading of a hydrogen bomb into a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

The United States Geological Survey detected an "explosion" with a magnitude of 6.3.

The key question is how far North Korea has gotten in efforts to consistently shrink down nuclear warheads so they can fit on long-range missiles.

On Tuesday, the North fired a mid-range ballistic missile that flew over Japan - a test considered one of the most provocative ever by the isolated communist state.

South Korea and Japan are gathering and analysing data to confirm details of the test, which Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said could not be tolerated.

After the North Korean government threatened the United States in August, suggesting they were reviewing plans to attack Guam in preparation for possible retaliation against a U.S. attack, President Trump said North Korea would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it continued to issue the threats.

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