WORLD powers have condemned North Korea after it apparently carried out its first successful detonation of a hydrogen bomb.
State media of the secretive totalitarian nation described the device as a miniaturised hydrogen bomb, a strong advance on the three atomic bombs tests it has conducted in the past.
Hydrogen bombs are far more powerful than their archaic atomic counterparts and the claim that the apocalyptic explosive has been miniaturised will add to growing fears that the dictatorship might be able to develop a nuclear missile capable of reaching the US mainland.
The reports are not immediately verifiable and the impoverished nation, still technically at war with its southern neighbour, has a reputation for deliberately over-exaggerating its military capacities.
However, China, the US, and the United Nations have taken this test seriously enough to issue a united condemnation of the action, which will now pose serious questions for global powers who have strived for decades to prevent the country from obtaining full nuclear capacity.