NORTH KOREA CELEBRATES HYDROGEN BOMB DETONATION WITH A PUBLIC EVENT, LIKE IT HAD DONE AFTER ICBM LAUNCH

Like it had done after its first ever intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last month, that was surprisingly successful, North Korea organized a public event to celebrate its hydrogen bomb detonation on September 3 as well. Both the events were equally massive on scale, the available visuals show.

The hydrogen bomb test was North Korea’s sixth and till date most powerful nuclear test and like it had done after the ICBM launch, this time too, it didn’t forget to taunt the US and the world community by saying that more “gift packages to the US” were on the way.

Timing its first ICBM launch event with the American Independence Day on July 4 and the 45th anniversary of the July 4 statement, the first official communiqué on agreement between North Korea and South Korea on Korean reunification, North Korea then had said that North Korean ICBM was a gift to the US on its Independence Day. It had also warned the US and South Korea of heavy blows in the days to come.

North Korea’s official and only broadcaster Korean Central Television (KCTV) has released footage of the public event to celebrate the hydrogen bomb detonation, like it had done after the ICBM launch celebration, like it always do to push the North Korean propaganda.

We can see people lined up on both sides of roads waving and cheering a convoy of vehicles passing through a road and later gathered at the Kim Il Sung Square as part of the mass celebration event that also included song and dance by groups.

Here is one such footage available on the Twitter handle of the China Global Television Network (CGTN).

The video shows a jubilant North Korean anchor announcing that the “intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) mounting usage hydrogen bomb test was a perfect success” with a file footage of the possible hydrogen bomb detonation from the Korean Central Television (KCTV).

Another video footage here shows the song and dance sequence, huge public gathering the Kil Il Sung Square in Pyongyang.

And like it had done after the ICBM launch, North Korea felicitated the scientists involved in the hydrogen bomb detonation that produced shockwaves measuring 6.3 on Richter Scale, who, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state news agency of North Korea, vowed to attain the final goal of perfecting a North Korean nuclear force.

“The scientists visited the statues of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill to make a report about their success and vow to successfully conclude their research and development campaign to attain the final-phase goals for perfecting the state nuclear force advanced at the Seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea (in May 2016), true to the guidance of respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un”, the KCNA release said.

In spite of facing stiff sanctions that have crippled its economy, North Korea has been moving ahead with its missile and nuclear programme. But the world community is a divided lot when it comes to action against North Korea on its latest advances missile and nuclear advances.

China, Russia and even South Korea, North Korea’s traditional rival and the US’s traditional ally, are not in favour of military action and are instead focusing on talks and sanctions. Russia has warned that the military hysteria around North Korea could lead to a global catastrophe. And even the emergency UN Security Council meeting held after North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test remained divided and failed to reach to a conclusion on a decisive action against the rogue nation.

©SantoshChaubey

NORTH KOREA HAD FIRMED UP PLANS TO BUILD A NUCLEAR FORCE A YEAR AGO, WORLD INGORED WARNING SIGNALS

The article originally appeared on India Today.

North Korea is working to perfect its state nuclear force and its recent acts, including the successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launch and hydrogen bomb detonation, with provocative signals like more such “gift packages” are in the pipeline and the assertion that it is planning to strike the US military base in Guam suggest that it is successfully moving ahead in that direction.

That appears to be the case according to a release by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). According to a KCNA release available on North Korean media aggregators, North Korea is working to perfect its state nuclear force the blueprint was laid down during the Seventh Congress of the Worker’s Party of Korea in May 2016. The WPK Congress had decided to advance its strategic targets and had vowed to work hard to build its nuclear force. The warning signals from North Korea was largely ignored by major world powers then.

On September 3, North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test yet when it claimed to successfully detonate a hydrogen bomb. Like it had done with its first ever successful ICBM test launch last month, the country felicitated the scientists involved in the operation and organized public event to celebrate its success.

According to the KCNA release, “the scientists visited the statues of former North Korean presidents Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill to make a report about their success and vowed to successfully conclude their research and development campaign to attain the final-phase goals for perfecting the state nuclear force advanced at the Seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea.”

Currently, there are eight countries in the world possessing nuclear weapons. Five of them, US, Russia, UK, France and China, are nuclear weapon states who have signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty NPT. Three other countries, India, Pakistan and North Korea, who are non-NPT signatories, have declared themselves as nuclear powers. Israel is also considered a nuclear power though it has never publicly accepted it.

But only four out of these eight declared nuclear powers, US, UK, Russia and France, have deployed strategic nuclear warheads on ICBMs and at heavy bomber bases, an analysis from the Federation of American Scientists published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says.

And North Korea’s provocations say it might go on to become the fifth country of the nuclear bloc to strategically deploy nuclear warheads with its repeated threats to target US territories.

Barring Pakistan and North Korea, all other nuclear powers are responsible countries. China, the only major ally of North Korea, even has no deployed strategic warheads the FAS analysis says. Pakistan is under heavy international scrutiny and pressure for its nuclear programme. Also, it is widely believed that North Korea got nuclear technology from Pakistan.

©SantoshChaubey