U.S. officials are warning that North Korea may test a hydrogen bomb by the end of March.
Since September 2016, the South Korean military has asserted on numerous occasions that Pyongyang is ready and capable of conducting a nuclear blast at any time.
In 2016, North Korea said it had the expertise to build rockets that can reach the United States. Now, officials claim Pyongyang will complete the final stages of testing nuclear weapons when dictator Kim Jong-Un gives the command.
Testing takes place in Punggye-ri on North Korea’s east coast and tests have already been carried out earlier this month.
In January 2016, the country claimed it carried out a hydrogen bomb test at the location — creating concern that its next test will be a repeat.
Hydrogen bombs are much more difficult to make and more powerful than atomic bombs, so skeptics believe North Korea may not have the capability to test one. However, those close to the situation are not ruling anything out.
A South Korean official monitoring the situation, who asked to remain anonymous, stated, “North Korea is ready to carry out a nuclear test at any time, depending on the leadership’s decision. We are keeping a close eye on its nuclear activities.”
North Korea has been very active with its nuclear tests, conducting five tests and a series of missile launches despite sanctions by the U.N.
In February, the Washington-based think tank, 38 North said satellite imagery revealed low-level activity continued at the nation’s nuclear test site.
As recently as Mar. 22, a North Korean missile appeared to have exploded immediately following its launch, alarming the region with another weapons test.
H/T: Daily Mail
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