June 05, 2023

North Korean test unlikely to be hydrogen bomb – Bennett

Seismic event not large enough for H-bomb, but could be a boosted weapon

North Korean media's claims they they tested a hydrogen bomb on Wednesday have caused widespread speculation about the current status on the DPRK's nuclear weapons technologies.

Thermonuclear explosions – such as the pictured Ivy Mike nuclear test – are orders of magnitude more powerful than their atomic predecessors, potentially indicating the DPRK has advanced through numerous technological barriers since its first nuclear test in October 2006.