“We managed to become a great nuclear power capable of defending the independence and national dignity of our homeland by mighty nuclear and hydrogen strikes,” leader Kim Jong Un was quoted as saying by the central news agency. He also said North Korea “has to continue with actively developing its military industry.”
The statement came as Kim Jong Un was on a tour inspecting an upgraded arms plant in Pyongyang on Thursday, according to TASS quoting the N. Korean central news agency.
So far it has not been confirmed that the country has in fact designed and created a hydrogen bomb.
Indeed, the South Korean intelligence community and experts say North Korea is unlikely to have enough scientific know-how to design a H-bomb.
“We don’t have any information that North Korea has developed a H-bomb,” an intelligence official from South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) told Yonhap news agency. “We do not believe that North Korea, which has not succeeded in miniaturizing nuclear bombs, has the technology to produce a H-bomb.”
“It’s hard to regard North Korea as possessing a H-bomb. I think it seems to be developing it,” research fellow at Seoul-based Science and Technology Policy Institute Lee Chun-geun was quoted as saying by Yonhap.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un © KCNA / Reuters