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NK Explodes Smaller But More Powerful Nuke

From a quietly gleeful Associated Press:

North Korea says it has conducted third nuke test

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and FOSTER KLUG | February 12, 2013

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said it successfully detonated a miniaturized nuclear device at a northeastern test site Tuesday, defying U.N. Security Council orders to shut down atomic activity or face more sanctions and international isolation.

The underground explosion could take North Korea a big step closer to its goal of building a nuclear warhead small enough to be mounted on a long-range missile that could threaten the United States. It will also be seen as a direct message from young leader Kim Jong Un to the United States, Pyongyang’s former wartime enemy.

And tonight Mr. Obama will send them his stern reply, by ordering further unilateral reductions to our nuclear stockpile — eventually down to 500. He will show them!

North Korea’s official state media said the test was conducted in a safe manner and is aimed at coping with "outrageous" U.S. hostility that "violently" undermines the North’s peaceful, sovereign right to launch satellites. North Korea faced sanctions after a December launch of a rocket that the U.N. and Washington called a cover for a banned missile test. Pyongyang said it was a peaceful satellite launch.

‘Sanctions’ against North Korea means slightly less food aid and money.

The timing will be seen as significant. The test came hours before President Barack Obama was scheduled to give his State of the Union speech, a major, nationally televised address…

Because the North Koreans, just like the rest of the world, hang on Obama’s every movement.

The North said it used a "lighter, miniaturized atomic bomb" that still has more explosive force than past tests. North Korea is estimated to have enough weaponized plutonium for four to eight bombs, according to American nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker. However, it is not known whether North Korean scientists have found a way to miniaturize warheads…

Don’t worry. We will know soon enough.

Also, lest we forget (and the news media never remind us), the North Koreans like to give their nuclear technology to their pals, like the Syrians.

Following the announcement of the nuclear test, North Korean state television played a song with lyrics bragging that the country always carries out what it is determined to do. In the background were scenes of a North Korean long-range rocket blasting off and short-range missiles being fired into the sky…

It’s a wonder they didn’t play their YouTube video of New York City after a nuclear strike. Perhaps they were trying to be subtle.

The United States and its allies have been on edge since North Korea announced last month that it would conduct a nuclear test to protest toughened sanctions over the December rocket launch.

In Washington, the White House had no immediate comment on Tuesday’s developments…

Don’t worry. Obama knows he can count on his close friends, the Chinese and the Russians, to keep North Korea in line.

A few more details, from a similarly quietly happy Reuters:

North Korea blast bigger than 2009 atom test: monitor

By Fredrik Dahl | February 12, 2013

VIENNA (Reuters) – An explosion that North Korea said was a nuclear test had a magnitude of 4.9, bigger than similar tests the Asian state carried out in 2006 and 2009, a monitoring agency said on Tuesday…

The first, in 2006, measured 4.1 on the same scale. A second three years later registered 4.52…

[This] explosion measured 4.9 on the Richter scale.

North Korea said the test, which drew swift and widespread condemnation, had "greater explosive force" than the two previous tests, and that it had used a miniaturized device.

If it was such a device, "that suggests a weapon that could more easily be delivered by missiles, something that is especially concerning to the U.S., Japan, South Korea and others," said Shashank Joshi, a senior fellow at the Royal United Services Institute…

And here is more good news from the Associated Press:

NKorea warns of ‘second and third measures’

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea said Tuesday that its widely condemned nuclear test was merely its "first response" to what it called U.S. threats, warning that it will continue with unspecified "second and third measures of greater intensity" if the United States maintains its hostility…

But don’t worry. We have Obama, John Kerry and (soon) Chuck Hagel to protect us.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “NK Explodes Smaller But More Powerful Nuke”

  1. Astravogel says:

    “Former wartime enemy?” We never signed a peace agreement
    with these people. They’ve turned some of their own people into
    cannibals, while they live well and get fatter.”Once there was a
    nation, the United States, but now it is gone.”

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