US nuke commander 'assumes' NKoreans tested H-bomb
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Nebraska (AP):
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.