In connection with the statement of the authorities of the DPRK on the successful test of a hydrogen bomb the UN Security Council has begun to develop a resolution regarding the response to address North Korea. While the White house and the governments of Japan and South Korea doubt that North Korea really tested a hydrogen bomb, according to Reuters.
We will remind that on Wednesday, January 6, the authorities of the DPRK announced the successful test of a hydrogen bomb by passing a special statement on TV Central. This statement by the North Korean authorities aired South Korean TV channels. In Seoul convened an emergency meeting of the Council of national security of South Korea.
Defense Minister of South Korea Hwang John Mu stated that while it is difficult to judge whether the DPRK tested a hydrogen bomb it is. Japan, China and the US also doubt the existence of North Korea of such a bomb. The authorities of these countries rely not only on intelligence but also on the conclusions of experts, according to which explosion-induced seismic activity was not powerful enough for a full thermonuclear explosion.
However, on Wednesday the UN security Council held an emergency meeting at which approval called the test «a clear threat to international peace and stability.» Japan’s Ambassador to the UN called on to draw up a draft resolution on new sanctions against North Korea, but the Russian representative in the UN said that does not guarantee that Moscow will support the extension of sanctions. It is also unknown if they will support sanctions China.
Shortly after the announcement about the testing of the hydrogen bomb, U.S. President Barack Obama held telephone talks with his Japanese and South Korean counterpart, during which the leaders of the three countries have agreed on strategic cooperation. The representative of South Korea told Reuters that the leaders of South Korea and the US discussed the placement on the Korean Peninsula U.S. strategic weapons. The details and results of negotiations are not disclosed yet.
Note that in 2013, after North Korea last conducted a nuclear test, Washington has sent to South Korea two strategic bombers B-2, after which Pyongyang threatened to strike the US with a nuclear strike.
If Pyongyang’s Declaration about the test of a hydrogen bomb is true, it is already the fourth nuclear test conducted by North Korea since the country declared itself a nuclear power in 2005. Previous nuclear tests North Korea conducted in 2006, 2009 and 2013. In response, the UN Security Council has imposed on Pyongyang’s various sanctions. Over the past two years North Korea has not conducted nuclear tests, limiting the launch of ballistic missiles in response to large-scale military maneuvers South Korea and the United States.
About the DPRK’s own hydrogen bomb was referred to by 10 December, the country’s leader Kim Jong-UN. «We were able to become a great nuclear power, capable of protecting independence and national dignity of our country power beats nuclear and hydrogen bombs», – he said during visiting an arms factory in Pyongyang. The DPRK leader also stressed that «the country must intensify the development of military industry».