H-bomb or not, experts say North Korea near its nuclear goal – ABC News

North Korea’s latest nuclear test was part theater, part propaganda and maybe even part fake. But experts say it was also a major display of something very real: Pyongyang’s mastery of much of the know-how it needs to reach its goal of becoming a full-fledged nuclear state.

It remains unclear whether North Korea tested, as it claims, a hydrogen bomb ready to be mounted on an ICBM.

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But Sunday’s test, the sixth and most powerful North Korea has conducted since its first in 2006, was a stunning advance in its demonstrated ability to build high-yield nuclear weapons. The explosion is believed to have ranged from 140 kilotons to potentially double that — or more — if it was conducted at a greater depth than has been calculated.

H-bomb or not, experts say North Korea near its nuclear goal – ABC News