The White House: ‘Initial Analysis Not Consistent With North Korea’s Claims’


Time: 8:57 a.m. CEST Update: 9:14 p.m. CEST

Hours after claims of North Korea’s announcement for the detonation of the hydrogen bomb, the White House said that initial analysis are not pointing toward that direction. “The ‘initial analysis’ is not consistent with North Korea’s claims of successful hydrogen bomb testing,” the White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Wednesday, saying more sanctions are possible on North Korea. Earnest said that “U.S. succeeded making North Korea more isolated than before and international community united than ever before.”

North Korea announced on Tuesday a “complete success” test of the detonation of its first hydrogen bomb, the New York Times reported. But, it was difficult to define if the statement was true. “This is the self-defensive measure we have to take to defend our right to live in the face of the nuclear threats and blackmail by the United States and to guarantee the security of the Korean Peninsula,” a female announce on the state-run television.

The announcement was an hour after detected a 5.1 seismic event along the northeast coast of North Korea. As the Times writes, “It may be weeks or longer before detectors sent aloft by the United States and other powers can determine what kind of test was conducted. Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said in a statement that American officials “cannot confirm these claims at this time.”

North Korea repeatedly claims about its nuclear capabilities, which outside analysts perceived with skepticism. “Combined with the North’s gradually increasing missile technology, its nuclear program poses a growing threat to the region — though it is still not clear the North knows how to mount a nuclear weapon on one of its missiles,” the Times writes.

According to data, available in the Times, those are the dates when North Korea reportedly conducted nuclear tests:

NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR TESTS

 

  • Oct. 8, 2006; 8:35 p.m. E.T. 

    North Korea’s first atomic test made it the eighth country to join the club of nuclear weapons states.

  • May 24, 2009; 7:54 p.m. E.T.

    The second test occurred amid increased speculation about who would succeed the ailing ruler Kim Jong-il, who had suffered a heart attack a year earlier.

  • Feb. 12, 2013; 9:57 p.m. E.T.

    The third test was the first under Mr. Kim’s heir and son, Kim Jong-un.

  • Jan. 5, 2016; 8:30 p.m. E.T.

    An explosion triggered an earthquake at the location of North Korea’s earlier tests. State-run media said the test was of a hydrogen bomb.

 

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