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Hours before nuclear test, North Korea teased with pictures of Kim Jong Un next to a ‘hydrogen bomb’

North Korea’s state media on Sunday said leader Kim Jong Un inspected the loading of a hydrogen bomb into a new intercontinental ballistic missile

Written by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: September 05, 2017 0:12 IST ]
Image Source : AP Photo distributed by North Korean govt shows Kim Jong Un with a 'Hydrogen Bomb'

North Korea's state-run media on Sunday distributed an undated picture of country’s' leader Kim Jong Un next to what it described as a hydrogen bomb for an intercontinental ballistic missile. Soon after, the country actually detonated a device in its sixth and by far most powerful nuclear test to date.

The picture was distributed early on Sunday morning and apparently showed Kim visiting the country's Nuclear Weapons Institute to see what state media described as "a signal turn in nuclear weaponization."

Rodong Sinmun, the ruling-party newspaper carried photos of Kim watching the device on its front page. The newspaper said the device was a hydrogen bomb designed to be mounted into the North's new "Hwasong-14" intercontinental ballistic missile. 

India Tv - State media said Kim Jong Un inspected loading of hydrogen bomb into a ICBM

Image Source : APState media said Kim Jong Un inspected loading of hydrogen bomb into a ICBM

The North's official news agency, KCNA, also released the photos. North Korea's regime has "succeeded in making a more developed nuke," KCNA said.

The state media reports stressed that the bomb was made with domestic parts and workmanship, suggesting that more could be made without outside experts or imports.

Before the world could react to the pictures, seismographs recorded a big tremor around noon North Korea time.

India Tv - Photo by North Korea's govt shows Kim Jong Un at Nuclear Weapons Institute

Image Source : APPhoto by North Korea's govt shows Kim Jong Un at Nuclear Weapons Institute

The nuclear test had an estimated strength of 50 kilotons, South Korea's defence ministry officials told a parliamentary briefing today. 

The blast was five times stronger that the North's previous test in September last year, and more than three times bigger than the US bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945. 

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