What happens if North Korea tests a hydrogen bomb?

Laura Christensen
September 24, 2017

North Korea's weakest nuclear test, the first one conducted in 2006, generated a magnitude 4.3 quake.

"It could be a natural quake that really was man-made as the nuclear test would have transferred a lot of stress", he said. "We can not conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event".

The patrols came after officials and experts said a small natural disaster near North Korea's nuclear test site on Saturday was probably not man-made, easing fears Pyongyang had exploded another nuclear bomb just weeks after its last one.

North Korea seems to be preparing for the most unsafe or highest-level of the country's nuclear programme, with the test of a hydrogen bomb. "So as of now, we are categorizing this as a natural quake".

China's official Xinhua News Agency said the country's seismic service detected a magnitude 3.4 quake in North Korea and saw the likely cause as an explosion.

Vipin Narang, a nuclear strategy expert at MIT, said such a test could pose a danger to shipping and aircraft, even if North Korea declares a keep-out zone.

President Trump said the measures would "cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind".

On the surface it seems like more of the same: North Korea responds to another threat by U.S. President Donald Trump by calling him a "deranged" old man who will "pay dearly" for his insults.

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"What we detected today (was) clearly different from wave patterns that would have been created as a result of an explosion or a man-made natural disaster".

The president said Kim's "reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons ... threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life". They support the latest U.N. Security Council sanctions but are reluctant to push Pyongyang too hard for fear Kim's government might collapse.

"We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the USA homeland and our allies". "Tensions are ratcheting up", as media reports often say, as Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un exchange verbal fires about decimating the other.

The US president said on Tuesday that if America was forced to defend itself it would "totally destroy" North Korea.

A day earlier, Kim reacted to Trump's provocative speech at the U.N.by equating the USA president to "a frightened dog" and a "mentally deranged US dotard", employing an obscure insult for someone declining into senility.

"It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific", Mr Ri said, quoted by South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

Foreign investors also seemed quite immune to Friday's fresh sabre-rattling from North Korea as they sold a relatively small net 5 billion won (S$5.95 million) worth of Kospi shares near mid-session.

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