North Korea’s nuclear test claim provokes swift international backlash
UPDATED Jan. 6, 2016, 2:57 a.m. ET with China and Britain’s reactions.
UPDATED Jan. 6, 2016, 4:35 a.m. ET with Australia and France’s reactions.
While it remains unconfirmed whether North Korea did successfully test an H-bomb Wednesday, world leaders have been swift to strongly condemn the hermit nation’s nuclear tests.
At about 10 a.m. local time, a blast was registered near the North Korean city of Sungjibaegam. It showed up in the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) trackers as a 5.1 magnitude earthquake.
Hours later, North Korea issued an announcement declaring it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, otherwise known as a thermonuclear bomb — a nuclear weapon technology that is a significant step up from the less powerful atomic bombs that it has used in three previous tests. Read more…