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North Korea claims hydrogen bomb test was 'perfect success'

The test a 'meaningful' step in completing the country's nuclear weapons programme

Reuters  |  Seoul 

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In this undated image distributed on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, by the North Korean government, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at an undisclosed location. Photo: AP/PTI

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.

First Published: Sun, September 03 2017. 12:30 IST