North Korea claimed Tuesday that it had successfully conducted a test of a miniaturized hydrogen bomb causing outrage from world leaders.
The claim has raised doubt and confusion around the globe.
The communist regime announced the test via a news report on state television that decried it as a “great success” and claimed it brought its “nuclear might to the next level,” according to the Associated Press.
That was followed by an official statement from the North Korean government through the Korean Central News Agency.
“It was confirmed that the H-bomb test conducted in a safe and perfect manner had no adverse impact on the ecological environment,” the statement read.
“The DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) is a genuine peace-loving state which has made all efforts to protect peace on the Korean Peninsula and security in the region from the US vicious nuclear war scenario.
“The DPRK, a responsible nuclear weapons state, will neither be the first to use nuclear weapons nor transfer relevant means and technology under any circumstances as already declared as long as the hostile forces for aggression do not encroach upon its sovereignty.”
In response both the United States and Japan have called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
South Korea and the White House also condemned the test on Tuesday.
“It’s not only grave provocation of our national security, but also an act that threatens our lives and future. It’s also a direct challenge to world peace and stability,” South Korean President South Korean President Park Geun-hye said in a statement.
“While we cannot confirm these claims at this time, we condemn any violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and again call on North Korea to abide by its international obligations and commitments,” White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said. “We have consistently made clear that we will not accept it as a nuclear state. We will continue to protect and defend our allies in the region, including the Republic of Korea, and will respond appropriately to any and all North Korean provocations.”
Meanwhile, a South Korean based expert on North Korean, Andrei Lankov, told Fox News he was “seriously skeptical” of the nation’s claim of testing an h-bomb.
“I believe it did not have the ‘signature’ of a Hydrogen bomb,” he said before adding that he had no doubt the test was nuclear in nature.
According to what South Korean lawmaker Lee Cheol Woo told the Associated Press the earthquake emanating from the detonation measured 4.8, smaller than a February 2013 test that measured 4.9 and yielded 7.9 kilotons of explosives, Fox New reported.
Woo said even a failed hydrogen test would produce tens of thousands of kilotons.
Watch the report from Fox News below.
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