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(2nd LD) N. Korea announces successful test of hydrogen bomb

2016/01/06 13:03

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SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Yonhap) -- North Korea announced Wednesday it has succeeded in conducting a hydrogen bomb test, hours after what seems to be an artificial earthquake was detected close to the North's nuclear test site.

In a "special" announcement aired on the North's state television station, North Korea said it conducted an H-bomb test at 10:00 a.m. (Pyongyang Time).

"We've now become a nuclear state which also holds a hydrogen bomb," the North said

The announcement came as a 5.1-magnitude earthquake was detected in an area some 49 kilometers north of Kilju, home to the Punggye-ri nuclear test site on the North's northeastern tip.

The North has conducted three nuclear tests at the site in 2006, 2009 and 2013 despite international condemnation against the tests.

Last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said that the North has developed not only nuclear weapons but also hydrogen bombs.

An official enters the South Korean defense ministry in Seoul on Jan. 6, 2016, as North Korea announced the same day that it successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test at 10:00 a.m. (Pyongyang Time). The announcement came hours after what seems to be an artificial earthquake was detected close to the North`s nuclear test site. (Yonhap)An official enters the South Korean defense ministry in Seoul on Jan. 6, 2016, as North Korea announced the same day that it successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test at 10:00 a.m. (Pyongyang Time). The announcement came hours after what seems to be an artificial earthquake was detected close to the North`s nuclear test site. (Yonhap) sooyeon@yna.co.kr

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