PYONGYANG, January 13. /TASS/. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un considers it necessary "to strengthen North Korea’s nuclear potential in order to deliver strikes at any time and any place at imperialists led by the United States if they violate the sovereignty of the people’s republic."
Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that a ceremony was held in Pyongyang to award scientists, technologists and workers who contributed to conducting a nuclear test on January 6. At the ceremony, Kim Jong-un called for demonstrating the power of North Korea to the whole world "by conducting tests of more powerful hydrogen bombs on the basis of the already acquired experience." He also stressed that the situation on the Korean Peninsula is deteriorating because of the United States that is "imposing sanctions and send strategic weapons to South Korea."
North Korea announced on January 6 that it had successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test. The country’s government said in a statement circulated by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) the test had had "no adverse impacts on the environmental situation." Now, according to the statement, North Korea "possesses the strongest deterrent forces."
North Korea previously conducted three nuclear tests: in 2006, in 2009 and in 2013. Following these tests, the United Nations Security Council imposed various sanctions on Pyongyang. In the past two years, North Korea refrained from nuclear tests limiting itself to ballistic missile launches as a response to the US-South Korea large-scale military drills.