by John Galt
September 3, 2017 07:35 ET
The photograph displayed above was widely circulated throughout the international media as North Korean State TV (KCNA) claimed that this was their leader, Kim Jong Un inspecting a working hydrogen bomb which could be mounted on an ICBM.
Apparently there is some validity to this claim this morning as highlighted by South Korea’s Yonhap News a few hours ago:
SEOUL, Sept. 3 (Yonhap) — North Korea said Sunday that it has successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded into its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in what could be the most powerful detonation.
In an “important” announcement, North Korea said that it carried out the sixth nuclear test at 12:00 p.m. (Pyongyang Time), calling it a “perfect” success.
The announcement came hours after an artificial earthquake with a 5.7 magnitude was detected near North Korea’s nuclear site in the northeastern area.
“The H-bomb test was carried out to examine and confirm the accuracy and credibility of the power control technology, and internal structural design newly introduced into manufacturing the H-bomb to be placed as the payload of the ICBM,” the Korean Central News Agency said.
As I’ve stated in the previous article earlier today, this changes the rules of the game and will probably have not just a major impact on U.S. military readiness, but pay attention to Asian financial markets which open early this evening without the safety net of the U.S. plunge protection team as our markets are closed.