Uh Oh, North Korea Says It Has Built Its First Ever Thermonuclear Weapon

On the scale of weapons of mass destruction it goes: atomic bomb < thermonuclear bomb.

Atom bombs are pansies compared to the power of a thermonuclear bomb. That’s because A-Bombs use regular old fission, while thermonuclear (H-Bombs) get their kaboom from fusion.

I have no idea what that technically means, just that a hydrogen bomb would merck you up much better than an atom bomb.

Which means it’s not a good thing for a terrorist state to have.

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un went on state-sponsored TV today to announce that his nation has perfected their H-Bomb technology. From the CBC:

Kim made the comments as he toured the Phyongchon Revolutionary Site, which marks the feats of his father Kim Jong-il, who died in 2011 and his grandfather, state founder and eternal president, Kim Il-sung, the official KCNA news agency said.

The work of Kim Il-Sung “turned the DPRK into a powerful nuclear weapons state ready to detonate a self-reliant A-bomb and H-bomb to reliably defend its sovereignty and the dignity of the nation,” KCNA quoted Kim Jong-un as saying. DPRK is the acronym for the isolated North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

But fret not! Almost every expert agrees he’s posturing, and North Korea doesn’t actually have the technology.

What a loser, man.

[Via CBC]