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Korean explosion: myth or reality?
Have you tested the hydrogen bomb in North Korea?
The chorus of authoritative voices who questioned the fact of a hydrogen bomb explosion in the DPRK on January 6 was replenished with the opinion of the famous Primorsky politician Viktor Gorchakov, speaker of the regional parliament.
“According to Western experts, the device was small in power and bears little resemblance to a real hydrogen bomb. And the seismic assessment shows that the explosion does not look like a hydrogen bomb, ”said the chairman of the Primorsky Territory Legislative Assembly at a press conference on January 13 (timed to coincide with the Day of the Russian Press). The opinion of the regional parliamentarian sounded all the more authoritative because he is also a professor and doctor of technical sciences.
We will remind, on January 6, the leadership of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced the tests of the hydrogen bomb. The explosion occurred at a test site in the Yangando province, located just 300 km southwest of Vladivostok.
In press releases, which were circulated on January 7 among the media of Primorsky Krai by the General Consulate of the DPRK in Vladivostok, literally the following was said:
“According to the strategic decision of the Labor Party of Korea, at 10 o'clock on January 6, 105, Juche (2016) successfully passed the first test of the hydrogen bomb in Korea - the Juche country.
Through a test based one hundred percent in our mind, on our technique, in our strength, we have fully validated the technical accuracy of the newly developed hydrogen bomb for testing purposes and scientifically proven the power of the miniaturized hydrogen bomb.
It has been confirmed that a safe and flawless test did not have any negative impact on the environment.
This test is the highest stage in the development of our nuclear armed forces.
A successful test, especially recorded in history, helped the DPRK with a hydrogen bomb to worthily enter the first row of nuclear countries and to demonstrate to our people the spirit of a worthy nation with a powerful nuclear deterrent.
The hydrogen bomb test conducted by our homeland is a self-defense measure for the consistent protection of the country's sovereignty and the nation's right to exist from the day-by-day nuclear threat and blackmail of hostile forces led by the United States and for a reliable guarantee of peace on the Korean Peninsula and security in the region ".
It is noteworthy that in Primorye, neither January 6, nor later, no alarming consequences associated with a possible explosion of a hydrogen bomb in a neighboring country were noticed. The regional weather service - Primhydromet - issued a calming, but at the same time confirming the fact of the explosion itself: "After the DPRK underground test of a hydrogen bomb, no excess of the radiation background in the territory of Primorsky Territory was recorded."
At the same time, the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences reported on January 6 an earthquake with a magnitude of 5,1 points not of natural origin (from a nuclear explosion) in the area of the North Korean nuclear test site Pungeri, located 314 km southwest of Vladivostok and 378 km northeast of Pyongyang, the capital of the DPRK.
It is possible, experts believe - in particular, a nuclear physicist, professor at Seoul State University Seo Kyun Rel (South Korea), that tests were carried out in North Korea, but not a hydrogen, but an atomic bomb - the Korean professor is quoted by the Korean and Russian media. The principle of operation of the latter is based on the decay of elementary particles, which gives less energy in an explosion than in the case of a hydrogen bomb using the principle of nuclear fusion.
As reported IA "EastRussia", South Korean intelligence also Calls into question Hydrogen explosion in the DPRK.