North Korea possibly tested hydrogen bomb components: Report

North Korea tested a nuclear device on January 6 that it said was a hydrogen bomb.

Reuters| Last Updated: Jan 29, 2016, 04:10 AM IST
North Korea possibly tested hydrogen bomb components: Report
A member of a South Korean conservative group kicks a burning banner with a portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and North Korean flags during a rally denouncing the North, in Paju, South Korea on January 11, 2016.

Washington: North Korea might have attempted to test components of a hydrogen bomb earlier this month, CNN reported on Thursday, citing an unnamed US official.

North Korea tested a nuclear device on January 6 that it said was a hydrogen bomb.

A US official directly familiar with the latest US assessment said the explosion may have been a partial, failed test of some type of components associated with a hydrogen bomb, CNN reported.

The size of the seismic event and other intelligence indicate it was not likely a fully functioning device, CNN said.

The official said it is possible the North Koreans believe they conducted a full hydrogen bomb test, but the US believes it was likely only some components, perhaps a detonator, that exploded, CNN reported.

US State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters earlier on Thursday that the United States still believes that Pyongyang did not test a hydrogen bomb.