North Korea says hydrogen bomb test was 'perfect success'

Reuters

Posted at Sep 03 2017 03:14 PM | Updated as of Sep 04 2017 11:51 AM

In this photo taken on July 27, 2013, North Korean soldiers carrying packs marked with a radioactive symbol take part in a military parade in Pyongyang. Ed Jones / AFP

SEOUL - North Korea said on Sunday it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb designed to be mounted on its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile, producing a greater yield than any of its previous nuclear tests.

The hydrogen bomb test ordered by leader Kim Jong Un was a "perfect success" and was a "meaningful" step in completing the country's nuclear weapons program, state television said.

The announcement came hours after a large earthquake that appeared to be man-made was detected near the North's known nuclear test site, indicating that the reclusive country had conducted its sixth nuclear test. 

(Reporting by Jack Kim and Soyoung Kim; Editing by Nick Macfie)