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North Korea, Under UN Scrutiny, Turns to H-Bomb ‘Scare Tactic’

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North Korea, Under UN Scrutiny, Turns to H-Bomb ‘Scare Tactic’

North Korea, Under UN Scrutiny, Turns to H-Bomb ‘Scare Tactic’

Brian Padden

December 11, 2015 12:42 AM

SEOUL-

On the same day that the United Nations met to discuss North Korea’s systematic human rights violations this week, Kim Jong Un boasted that his country has developed a hydrogen bomb.

Long-time North Korea watchers say the timing of Kim’s comments was no coincidence.

Professor Kim Yong-hyun, a North Korea analyst at Dongguk University in Seoul, said the North Korean leader’s comments are part of an established strategy that the isolated, communist regime has used in the past to counter criticism and gain concessions from the international community.

“I don’t think this claim will have a huge impact. But it is a part of the process in which North Korea tries to set a confrontational position against the international society,” said Professor Kim.

While North Korea tested nuclear devices in 2006, 2009, and 2013, there is no verifiable proof that it has developed a hydrogen bomb. The device, also known as a thermonuclear bomb, is significantly more powerful than an atomic bomb.

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