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Eye in the Sky: US Spy Plane Reportedly Monitored N Korea’s H-Bomb Test

© AFP 2023 / USAFUS Air Force RC-135 surveillance plane
US Air Force RC-135 surveillance plane - Sputnik International
A US reconnaissance plane flew out of Japan’s Okinawa Island ten minutes before North Korea tested its “miniaturized” hydrogen bomb on Sunday, Japanese media reported.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on a national memorial day in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 17, 2015 - Sputnik International
North Korea Confirms Successful Testing of Hydrogen Bomb
According to a Kyodo news agency report, the RC 135V reconnaissance plane took off from the Kadena airbase at 10:30 a.m. local time. Ten minutes later seismic stations registered underground tremors in North Korea apparently caused by a nuclear explosion.

The North Korean authorities later announced a successful test of what they described as a ‘miniaturized hydrogen bomb.”

The RC 135V returned to base six hours later, Kyodo reported, adding that the spy plane had apparently been keeping an eye on North Korean territory.

Earlier reports said that Pyongyang had not informed other countries about its scheduled nuclear test.

A US reconnaissance plane was on a similar reconnaissance mission along the North Korean border when Pyongyang carried out a nuclear test in 2013.

On Wednesday North Korean television reported a “successful test” of a “miniaturized hydrogen bomb.”

Later in the day South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said, citing a source in the country’s intelligence community, that the explosion of under 6 kilotons of TNT was too slight to have been caused by a hydrogen device.

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