Why North Korea’s Alleged Hydrogen Bomb Test Is Important

The Korea Herald explains why a hydrogen bomb is such an important advancement by North Korea if they did in fact test one.  It all comes down to the explosive power of an H-bomb compared to a nuclear fission bomb.  Could you imagine what one of these things would do if used against Seoul or Beijing?:

Nuclear weapons are classified into atomic, neutron and hydrogen bombs. Among them, hydrogen bombs, also known as thermonuclear bombs, are known to be the most powerful due to their unique structure that expresses explosive power.

Unlike atomic bombs that derive their energy from nuclear fission — the splitting of atoms — hydrogen bombs obtain their explosive power from both nuclear fission and fusion, the process of forming a heavier nucleus from two lighter ones, such as the nuclei of the hydrogen isotopes tritium or deuterium.

While fission bombs can have as small as 1 kiloton of explosive power — North Korea’s 2013 nuclear test was known to have 6 to 7 kilotons — hydrogen bombs’ explosive power ranges into the hundreds of kilotons.  [The Korea Herald]

You can read the rest at the link.



I am a US military veteran that has served all over the world to include in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. I have been blogging about Korea, Northeast Asia, and the US military for over 10 years.


  1. I’ve always believed that South Korea has within it’s means to instigate the internal collapse of the Kim regime whenever it wanted to. They are just more concerned about the resulting economic instability and taking on the burden of the North. This escalation just upped the anti and gives the South greater incentive to topple the North sooner rather than later.

  2. (From the link) “The hydrogen bombs can be made small enough to fit in a ballistic missile warhead or an artillery shell that can be carried.”

    Carried by a truck… Spy-fiction aside, I doubt anyone has a truly man-portable H-Bomb… SAC and the Soviets were more about control than stealth…

  3. Trump, on China’s responsibility to deal with North Korea:

    China should solve that problem and we should put pressure on China to solve the problem,

    If they don’t solve that problem, we should be very tough on them on trade — meaning, start charging them tax or start cutting them off. You’d have China collapse in about two minutes.

    /More simple solutions for the world’s complex problems

  4. ^ I’m sure Walmart won’t be happy about a tax on goods made in China.

  5. North Korea’s bomb was probably not a functioning hydrogen bomb.

    Chances are they didn’t have nearly enough red mercury.

    By coincidence, a chemical company went out of business some years ago and I wound up with about 5kg of it.

    My wife wants it out of the house so I should probably sell it to the higest bidder.

    While it may be illegal to buy red mercury, it seems to be legal to sell.

  6. Elerium Generators require red mercury, so 5kg might be a nice windfall…

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