In a video released by the North Korean state agency on Wednesday, a joyous TV presenter promptly announces the successful Hydrogen bomb test conducted by North Korea.
“With the perfect success of our historic H-bomb, we have joined the rank of advanced nuclear states,” the N Korea announcer said, adding that the test was of a “miniaturised” device. “As long as the vicious anti-North policy of the US persists, we will never stop development of our nuclear programme,” he added.
The video shows North Korea leader Kim Jong Un signing the Hydrogen bomb test document, which was approved three weeks before the actual launch date. Kim reportedly welcomed the New Year with the “thrilling sound” of a hydrogen bomb explosion.
Right after the country had carried out the nuclear test, crowds dressed in thick winter coats gathered outside a large video screen near a Pyongyang train station took videos and photos on their mobile phones. Some people raised their hands and applauded.
Kim Sok Chol, a 32-year-old man who watched the TV announcement on a big screen at the train station square, told The Associated Press that he does not know much about what a hydrogen bomb is, but added that “since we have it, the U.S. will not attack us. I think the first successful H-bomb test is a great national event.”
In Pyongyang, North Koreans reacted enthusiastically to the news that the country has carried out its fourth nuclear test since 2006.
The surprise test was personally ordered by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and came just two days before his birthday.
(With AP Inputs)