North Korea is considering testing a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean, the Communist nation’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, warned in an interview with reporters Thursday.
Ri made the comments at the United Nations in Manhattan.
“This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean,” Ri said. “Regarding which measures to take, I don’t really know since it is what [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un does.”
For his part, Kim delivered a rare recorded statement on video, saying that U.S. President Donald Trump will “pay dearly” for his warnings against North Korean, CNN reported. North Korea, Kim said, “will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.”
“I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue,” Kim said. “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.”
Trump tweeted on Friday, “Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!”
Trump spoke to the United Nations this week and warned that the U.S. would “totally destroy North Korea” if forced to do so.
The term hydrogen bomb or “H-bomb” is an old nickname for thermonuclear or second-generation nuclear weapon.
The most powerful nuclear weapon ever tested, the Russian Tsar Bomba (1961), was a hydrogen bomb.
A typical H-bomb contains the explosive force of around 400 kilotons of TNT. In contrast to a hydrogen bomb, the Little Boy bomb dropped on Hiroshima delivered 15 to 16 kilotons of destructive force.
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