North Korea claims to have hydrogen bomb in their arsenal

Alicia Bullaro, Staff Writer

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On Dec. 10 North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un stated that they were in possession of a hydrogen bomb in their arsenal.  A hydrogen bomb is an immensely powerful bomb whose destructive power comes from the rapid release of energy during the nuclear fusion of isotopes of hydrogen, using an atom bomb as a trigger.  The possession of this h-bomb would pose a major threat to the United States.

Although this would be a huge threat to the country, many people think nothing of this claim.  Multiple people even said that they did not think this was even true.

Jeffrey Lewis of the California-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey said, “I think it is unlikely that they have H-bomb at the moment, but I do expect them to keep testing basic devices indefinitely.”

Others think that when Jong-un made this statement, he said one thing but meant another.

“It was possible that the North was referring to the technology of boosting the yield of a nuclear device, possible using fusion fuel,” Lewis stated.

Although many think that Kim Jong-un’s claim is inaccurate, no one is taking any chances.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest stated, “At this point, the information that we have access to calls into serious question those claims, but we take very seriously the risk and the threat that is posed by the North Korean regime in their ambitions to develop a nuclear weapon.”

An official at South Korea’s intelligence agency told a news agency and they reported that there was no evidence that the North had hydrogen bomb capacity, and believed Kim Jong-un was speaking rhetorically.

The Foreign Ministry in China, North Korea’s most important economic and diplomatic backer, said China was dedicated to ensure the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and resolving problems through talks.

“We hope that all sides can do more to ameliorate the situation and make constructive efforts to maintain peace and stability on the peninsula,” stated ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying .

Although no one knows for sure whether North Korea really possesses a hydrogen bomb or not, there are many people making sure that the nation will be safe if there is any threats.  As of right now there are no actions being taken, but if the h-bomb possession is confirmed everyone should expect serious actions of defense.

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