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SEPTEMBER 4, 2017

     Jong Un is a madman that must be stopped.  Hours before North Korea announced it had tested a hydrogen bomb, its state-run news agency had a stark message for the world: We've developed a more powerful nuclear weapon and we can make as many of them as we want.  Pictures of leader Kim Jong Un inspecting the new weapon and showing it being loaded into an intercontinental ballistic missile accompanied the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) report.  North Korea's regime has "succeeded in making a more developed nuke," KCNA said.

     During a visit to the country's Nuclear Weapons Institute, Kim "watched an H-bomb to be loaded into new ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile)," it said. Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, said it was not possible to tell if the device shown in the series of pictures was the one that was tested Sunday.

     "Just because they showed us that sort-of peanut-shaped object earlier, that doesn't necessarily mean that's actually what they exploded. And there's really no way for us to know whether their thermonuclear device would be small enough (to fit on top of a missile) ... that's still out until they actually test one on a missile," Hanham said.  Analysts have been uncertain about the ability of Pyongyang to mount a warhead on a ballistic missile and get that warhead to survive the tremendous heat generated on the missile's re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

     But North Korea boasted about its nuclear missile program in Sunday's report, saying it has the know-how and materials to make as many weapons as it wants.
 
 
 

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