North Korea Claims Creation of Energy through Nuclear Fusion Prompting Widespread Skepticism

We don't mean to be xenophobic here, nor do we wish to diminish the work of North Korea's nuclear scientists, who have no doubt been hard at work.

But a means of controlling a sustained nuclear fusion reaction has eluded the best scientists in the world collaborating across borders and continents for half a century. So the idea that isolationist and economically destitute North Korea has cobbled together the physical means -- brainpower notwithstanding -- to conquer one of modern science's greatest challenges is a bit hard to swallow.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported the claim that was made in Rodong Shinmun - the North Korean Workers Party newspaper. The paper called it "artificial solar technology," adding the breakthrough represented "the development of new energy desired by humankind."