WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – The North Korean government’s claim that it detonated a hydrogen bomb Tuesday evening is not consistent with reviewed evidence, the White House said Wednesday.
“The initial analysis is not consistent with the North Korean claims that this was a hydrogen bomb test,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said, including that the situation is being monitored.
The isolated nation of North Korea claimed Tuesday that it detonated a hydrogen bomb, a nuclear weapon much more powerful than the atomic bombs it is known to have tested three times since 2006.
The United States Geological Survey registered a 5.1 seismic event along the country’s northeast coast and the U.S. State Department said that the government picked up “seismic activity on the Korean Peninsula in the vicinity of a known North Korean nuclear test site.”
It is unclear at this time what caused the quake, but experts have indicated that, based on the size of the blast, an atomic weapon or “boosted-fission weapon” may be to blame.
TMN’s Justin Duckham contributed to this report.