North Korea is threatening the United States with a hydrogen bomb that is “capable of wiping out the whole US at once.” The news comes from the North Korean News Agency, which claims that North Korean scientists are “in high spirits” about the possibility of detonating “H-bombs of hundreds of kilotons and megatons.” The agency notes that the bombs are strong enough to wipe “out the whole territory of the US all at once.”
RT reports that North Korea is boasting of a hydrogen bomb capability that can “wipe out the whole territory of the US all at once.” The threats come shortly after Kim Jong-un had his star news anchor, Ri Chun-hee, announced to the public that the country had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. Though the message appeared to be written as a threat by claiming the country “could” take out the United States. The North Korean News Agency says that the release of information was not a “threat” but rather to offer a “sure guarantee” to the people of North Korea that they are immune from an attack by hostile forces.
The North Korean News Agency says that the response comes as the United States continues to have a more blatant hostile policy towards North Korea.
“It was a process indispensable for carrying out the economic construction and the building of nuclear force to cope with the US ever-more undisguised hostile policy.”
According to the Huffington Post, in addition to noting the hydrogen bomb capability and testing, Kim Jong-un has also made claims that they have the technology to launch a nuclear warhead from a submarine. Though North Korea is posturing itself as a hydrogen bomb powerhouse and country capable of defending itself from an attack by the United States, many analysts from the U.S. and South Korea say that Kim Jong-un is simply blowing smoke, and that the hydrogen bomb does not have the capabilities that the country is describing.
In fact, analysts suggest that North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test was only six kilotons, not the hundreds of kilotons and megatons the news outlet described. The Daily Mail reports that a six-kiloton hydrogen bomb would need to be 100 times more powerful to be considered a “fully-fledged thermonuclear device.” Therefore, analysts say that there is nothing to fear from North Korea from a nuclear standpoint. However, with Kim Jong-un known for being erratic, threats from the dictator are being taken serious by United States’ military.
Amidst North Korea’s aggressive claims, the House has unanimously approved sanctions on the country. The House confirmed the sanctions were intended to send a stern warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, with the lawmakers voting to approve the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act on Tuesday. The sanctions the House approved unanimously would also penalize any country, business, or individual that was contributing to the North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile development.
In addition to the House approving sanctions against North Korea, the U.S. military forces stationed in South Korea were put on the highest alert ever, and told to deter “any provocation coming from North Korea.”
What do you think about Kim Jong-un and North Korea’s statements that they have the capability to “wipe out” the “whole territory of the United States?” Do you think increased sanctions against North Korea will help deter Kim Jong-un from being able to finance further hydrogen bomb testing?
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