North Korea’s latest attempt to demonstrate its nuclear prowess has been met with ridicule and disbelief by the international community. The rogue state claimed to have successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb on Saturday, but the evidence suggests otherwise.
According to satellite images and seismic data, the alleged nuclear test was nothing more than a display of fireworks and smoke bombs, which produced a loud bang and a colorful plume of smoke. Experts say that the explosion was too small and too shallow to be a nuclear blast, and that the radiation levels were normal.
“It was a pathetic show of force by a desperate regime,” said a spokesperson for the US State Department. “We are not fooled by their cheap tricks and lies. We urge North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions and return to the negotiating table.”
The UN Security Council also condemned North Korea’s actions and vowed to impose more sanctions on the isolated country. China, North Korea’s main ally, expressed its disappointment and urged Pyongyang to refrain from further provocations.
North Korea, however, remained defiant and insisted that it had achieved a breakthrough in its nuclear program. The state-run media hailed the test as a “historic event” and praised the “supreme leader” Kim Jong-un for his “brilliant guidance”. The media also warned that North Korea was ready to strike its enemies with “unimaginable power”.
Some analysts believe that North Korea’s fake nuclear test was a desperate attempt to divert attention from its economic woes and internal problems. Others suggest that it was a ploy to gain leverage in future talks with the US and its allies.