"If this H-bomb were to be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile and fall on Manhattan in New York City, all the people there would be killed immediately and the city would burn down to ashes."
Those were the words of nuclear scientist Cho Hyong Il in his article in the state-run news outlet, DPRK Today. DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the country's official name.
North Korea on Sunday claimed that its newly developed hydrogen bomb has the ability to wipe out the US borough, stressing that it's "much bigger than the one developed by the Soviet Union."
"The H-bomb developed by the Soviet Union in the past was able to smash windows of buildings 1,000 kms away and the heat was strong enough to cause third-degree burns 100 kms away," the report, which also appeared in The Washington Post, added.The development comes as part of North Korea's recent engagement with its nuclear program.
Despite being imposed sanctions by the United Nations, the Kim Jong-un regime launched missiles into the sea back in March, even boldly threatening the US and South Korea.
"If we push the buttons to annihilate the enemies even right now, all bases of provocations will be reduced to seas in flames and ashes in a moment," a previous statement made by the country's National Defence Commission about the two country's joint military drills read.
Whether the H-bomb really "surpasses our imagination"—as the scientist claims—or not, we'll just have to wait and see (Of course, we hope not).