September 3, 2017 / 6:51 AM / 23 days ago

North Korea says hydrogen bomb test was 'perfect success'

Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Toshiyuki Matsumori speaks next to a monitor showing graphs of ground motion waveform data observed in Japan during a news conference at the Japan Meteorological Agency in Tokyo, Japan, September 3, 2017, following the earthquake felt in North Korea and believed to be a nuclear test. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Sunday it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb designed to be mounted on its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile, producing a greater yield than any of its previous nuclear tests.

The hydrogen bomb test ordered by leader Kim Jong Un was a “perfect success” and was a “meaningful” step in completing the country’s nuclear weapons programme, state television said.

The announcement came hours after a large earthquake that appeared to be man-made was detected near the North’s known nuclear test site, indicating that the reclusive country had conducted its sixth nuclear test.

Reporting by Jack Kim and Soyoung Kim; Editing by Nick Macfie

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