North Korea Gives Suprise Announcment, Says It Has Conducted H-bomb Test

Japan's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, center, arrives at prime minister's official residence in Tokyo following reports that earthquake detected in North Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. South Korean officials detected an "artificial earthquake" near North Korea's main nuclear test site Wednesday, a strong indication that nuclear-armed Pyongyang had conducted its fourth atomic test. North Korea said it planned an "important announcement" later Wednesday. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it has conducted a hydrogen bomb test. The surprise announcement that complicates already difficult efforts to curb the country’s push for a working nuclear arsenal.

The North said Wednesday in a broadcast that the test was successful. A hydrogen bomb is generally more powerful than a nuclear bomb.

North Korea has long pushed for an arsenal of warheads that can be mounted on a missile capable of reaching mainland America’s shores. North Korea is thought to have a handful of rudimentary nuclear bombs. But it is not yet thought to have succeeded.

South Korean officials earlier detected an “artificial earthquake” near North Korea’s main nuclear test site.

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