South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that North Korea's response to new sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump "may" include a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean.
Seismologists have pointed at a particularly powerful underground bomb test earlier this month as a likely hydrogen bomb, the strongest munition the nation has ever tested.
This would be the weapon’s first above-ground test.
North Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yong Ho reportedly said the powerful open-water test would be one potential “highest-level” countermeasure against new sanctions imposed by the United States and China.
The new sanctions gave the Trump Administration the power to penalize individual companies and institutions that trade with and finance North Korea. Last week, China announced that its central banks would stop doing business with the country.
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