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North Korea has said it has tested a miniaturised hydrogen bomb.

Suspicion of an underground test was first raised after the US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the quake – detected at 10:00 Pyongyang time (01:30 GMT) – was in the north-east of the country, some 50km (30 miles) from Kilju city, near Punggye-ri.

Then in a surprise announcement, a newsreader on North Korean state TV said: “The republic’s first hydrogen bomb test has been successfully performed at 10:00 am on January 6, 2016.”

It could be days or weeks before independent tests are able to verify the claim.

Last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said Pyongyang had developed a hydrogen bomb, although many experts were sceptical.

North Korea nuclear: State claims first hydrogen bomb test (BBC)

(BBC)

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