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Thu Jan 7, 2016, 05:28 PM

Good explainer: What a hydrogen bomb is – and why North Korea might not really have one

Reports that North Korea has launched a fourth nuclear weapons test – backed by convincing seismic data – have caused widespread alarm. North Korean officials announced in advance that the test would involve “a totally different type of nuclear bomb” from those trialled in previous years. Following the test, North Korean state television lauded the first detonation of a “hydrogen bomb” as a “national epoch-making event”.

Moving to a new form of nuclear weapons technology will likely have significant implications for North Korea, although some experts have expressed scepticism about these claims and there are clear benefits for Pyongyang to exaggerate its nuclear capabilities. While details of the test will remain unclear for some time, the term “hydrogen bomb” is also somewhat ambiguous, leaving further room for speculation about the true nature of North Korea’s nuclear technology.

Fission devices

There are two basic types of nuclear weapons: fission weapons and fusion weapons. First developed during World War II through the US-led Manhattan Project, fission devices (commonly known as atom bombs) create an explosion by splitting the nuclei of heavy atoms. These type of weapons were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, killing hundreds of thousands of people.

The core of a fission weapon is composed of weapons-grade fissile material such as highly enriched uranium or plutonium, which on its own is not explosive. When detonated, this core is compressed using conventional high explosives into a critical mass capable of sustaining a nuclear chain reaction.

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LuckyTheDog Jan 2016 OP
TipTok Jan 2016 #1
niyad Jan 2016 #2
leveymg Jan 2016 #3
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Thu Jan 7, 2016, 05:44 PM

1. Good article...

 

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Thu Jan 7, 2016, 06:04 PM

2. thank you.

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Response to LuckyTheDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 7, 2016, 07:12 PM

3. An H-Bomb is a whole order of magnitude more difficult to manufacture.

The author is right. This is probably just a more efficient A-bomb design or a "boosted fission" device.

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Response to LuckyTheDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 7, 2016, 10:40 PM

4. "Did I Say Hydrogen Bomb?"

"I meant planet-destroying death ray, like in that Star Wars movie that I got from the Chinese movie pirates! Oh, and I now want to be known as Kylo Ren." - Kim Jong Eun

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