N. Korea threatens to strike US with H-bombs

January 12, 2016

SEOUL (Yonhap) — North Korea said Tuesday that it is ready to detonate hydrogen bombs capable of wiping out the United States “all at once,” claiming that it has succeeded in developing miniaturized nuclear weapons.

North Korea’s latest nuclear test helped the North “get fully armed with smaller and standardized H-bombs for ballistic rockets and get possessed of ultra-modern strike means for delivering nuclear bombs of various kinds,” the Korean Central News Agency said in its commentary.

The North threatened that its nuclear scientists and technicians are “in high spirits” to detonate hydrogen bombs capable of “wiping out” the whole U.S. territory all at once as Washington moves to stifle the North.

North Korea conducted what it claimed is its first successful test of an H-bomb on Jan. 6, which has invited doubts from the U.S. and South Korea over credibility. The North carried out nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

The North has insisted that its nuclear test was an act of nuclear deterrence for self-defense in the face of what it claims is Washington’s hostile policy toward Pyongyang.

The KCNA said that the latest test was neither to “threaten” anyone nor to “provoke” for a certain purpose, repeating its claims of self-defense.

Seoul has vowed to make the North “pay the price” for its nuclear provocation while the U.S. has reaffirmed its “ironclad” commitment to defending its key ally South Korea against the North’s nuclear and missile threats.