Pyongyang, September 9 (KCNA) -- The Nuclear Weapons Institute of the DPRK made public the following statement Friday:
Scientists and technicians of the DPRK carried out a nuclear
explosion test for the judgment of the power of a nuclear warhead newly
studied and manufactured by them at the northern nuclear test ground
under the plan of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) for building
strategic nuclear force.
The Central Committee of the WPK sent warm congratulations to
nuclear scientists and technicians of the northern nuclear test ground
on the successful nuclear warhead explosion test.
The nuclear test finally examined and confirmed the structure and
specific features of movement of nuclear warhead that has been
standardized to be able to be mounted on strategic ballistic rockets of
the Hwasong artillery units of the Strategic Force of the Korean
People's Army as well as its performance and power.
It was confirmed through the results of analysis of the test that
the measured values including explosive power and the nuclear material
usage coefficient conformed with the calculated values and that there
was no radioactive materials leakage during the test and, therefore, no
adverse impact on the ecological environment of the surroundings.
The standardization of the nuclear warhead will enable the DPRK to
produce as many as it requires a variety of smaller, lighter and
diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power with a firm hold on
the technology for producing and using various fissile materials. This
has definitely put on a higher level the DPRK's technology of mounting
nuclear warheads on ballistic rockets.
The nuclear warhead explosion test is a demonstration of the
toughest will of the WPK and the Korean people to get themselves always
ready to retaliate against the enemies if they make provocation as it is
part of practical countermeasures to the racket of threat and sanctions
against the DPRK kicked up by the U.S.-led hostile forces who have gone
desperate in their moves to find fault with the sovereign state's
exercise of the right to self-defence while categorically denying the
DPRK's strategic position as a full-fledged nuclear weapons state.
The DPRK will take further measures to bolster the state nuclear
force in quality and quantity for safeguarding its dignity and right to
existence and genuine peace from the U.S. increasing threat of a nuclear