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US nuke commander 'assumes' NKoreans tested H-bomb

Published:Thursday | September 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM


The top commander of United States nuclear forces said he assumes the September 3 nuclear test by North Korea was a hydrogen bomb.

Air Force Gen John E. Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, told reporters that while he was not in a position to confirm it, he assumes from the size of the underground explosion and other factors that it was a hydrogen bomb - which is a leap beyond the fission, or atomic, bombs North Korea has previously tested.

North Korea claimed they exploded a hydrogen bomb, and while US officials have not contradicted them, they have not confirmed it, either.

Hyten says a North Korean H-bomb is worrying because of the scale of destruction it could cause if used in war.