U.S. intelligence skeptical North Korea detonated H-bomb


U.S. intelligence is “highly skeptical” that North Korea actually detonated a thermonuclear device in spite of claims that it conducted a hydrogen bomb test, CBS News Pentagon Correspondent David Martin reported.

The rogue nation said Wednesday that it tested a “miniaturized” hydrogen bomb, which, if confirmed, would represent a major improvement to their nuclear arsenal.

In response to the announcement, the Security Council pledged Wednesday to swiftly pursue new sanctions against North Korea, strongly condemning its latest nuclear test as a “clear violation” of previous U.N. resolutions.

The sanctions would be the fifth round imposed on North Korea since the country’s first nuclear test in 2006. The sanctions are aimed at reining in the North’s nuclear and missile development, but Pyongyang has ignored them and moved ahead with programs to modernize its ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

The Security Council held an emergency meeting after North Korea announced its first hydrogen bomb test, which would mark a major advance for its still-limited nuclear arsenal.

The Security Council said North Korea’s actions were a “clear violation” of the four previous sanctions resolutions “and therefore a clear threat to international peace and security continues to exist.”

The U.N.’s most powerful body said it had pledged to take “further significant measures” – U.N. code for sanctions – in the event of another test and would begin work immediately on a new sanctions resolution in light of “the gravity of this violation.”

Despite North Korea’s boasting, the intelligence communities in both the U.S. and South Korea estimated that the blast was in the single digit kilotons, whereas a thermonuclear device would actually be measured in megatons. North Korea might have been testing the nuclear trigger for a thermonuclear device or the test could have been a failure..

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