Bombastic claim made by state-run media a week after declaring a successful test detonation of a hydrogen bomb.
North Korea has declared that its recent nuclear test has given it the capability to “wipe out the whole territory of the US all at once”.
The bombastic claim was made in a commentary released by state-run media on Tuesday, six days after what North Korea claims was a successful test detonation of a hydrogen bomb.
The statement repeated the regime’s insistence that the blast was of a miniaturised hydrogen bomb and that the nation’s scientists had achieved a “new high state” in the development of defensive nuclear weapons.
“The test was neither to ‘threaten’ anyone, not to ‘provoke’ someone for a certain purpose”, KCNA said in the article, adding that the purpose of the test was to provide a “sure guarantee” that hostile outside forces would not attack the North.
The US is traditionally painted as Pyongyang’s biggest foe and state propaganda claims on a nearly daily basis that Washington is conniving with South Korea in preparation for an invasion of the North.
To prevent that, the North’s nuclear scientists are “in high spirits to detonate H-bombs of hundreds of kilotons and megatons, capable of wiping out the whole territory of the US all at once”, it added.
Experts are still gathering data and air samples that will permit them to determine precisely what happened at the Punggye-ri proving grounds on Jan. 6, but seismic evidence indicates the device had a yield of around 6 kilotons.
That would mean it fell well short of a thermonuclear device – which could be expected to have a yield around 100 times more powerful. The assumption among analysts is that it was a conventional nuclear bomb that was enhanced with fusion fuels, such as deuterium or lithium.
Undeterred, Kim Jong-un has been pictured congratulating the nuclear scientists who carried out the test. The North Korean leader expressed anticipation they will go on to “achieve greater successes in scientific research for bolstering the nuclear deterrent for self-defence”, the KCNA news agency reported.
Mr Kim is milking the public adulation for the test, with slogans and posters across Pyongyang acclaiming the young dictator for overseeing the success of the North’s latest advance in nuclear weapons.