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U.S. skeptical nuclear device tested by N.Korea was H-bomb - sources
January 6, 2016 / 4:50 PM / 2 years ago

U.S. skeptical nuclear device tested by N.Korea was H-bomb - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. government experts do not believe that the nuclear device apparently tested by North Korea was a hydrogen bomb, U.S. government sources said on Wednesday.

Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Yohei Hasegawa points at a graph of ground motion waveform data observed today in Japan during a news conference at the Japan Meteorological Agency in Tokyo on implications that an earthquake sourced around North Korea was triggered by an unnatural reason January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato

The sources said it would likely take at least several days to determine more precisely what kind of nuclear device Pyongyang had apparently set off as a variety of sensors, including “sniffer planes,” collect evidence.

“The U.S. intelligence community is aware of a seismic event with explosive characteristics in North Korea, and we are evaluating all relevant information,” a U.S. intelligence official said.

Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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