U.S. casts doubt on North Korea's allegedly successful H-bomb test

North Korean claims of a hydrogen bomb are questionable.
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After North Korea announced that it had successfully tested its first hydrogen bomb, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday unanimously condemned the test and began work to implement new measures against the nation. Even China, a perennial ally of Pyongyang, "strongly oppose[d]" North Korea's actions; Russia also disapproved of the test.

However, White House officials have said that the initial analysis appears to be "inconsistent" with North Korea's claims of a successful test, ABC News reports. Rather, they say the test's seismic activity was roughly size of previous North Korean nuclear tests, and not indicative of the much higher energy hydrogen bomb. A more conclusive determination will be made after airborne samples are analyzed.

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