ROK Upping the Ante (For A Change)


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The first (2006) "nuclear" test apparently generated radio-nucleotides consistent with a fission event that were detected by monitoring aircraft over the Sea of Japan and at least one ground station. However the resulting seismic shockwave was of such a low magnitude (~4.1 or 4.2 on the Richter scale) that most estimates of yield were less than 1 kiloton. For reference The US managed to develop tac-nukes with a yield of around 1-2 ktons but that took A LOT of hard work, very advanced materials and a lot of research into core geometry. Therefore there is a fair bit of consensus to indicate the 2006 test was a fizzle. I.e the device****ed up.

The 2009 test as a bigger bang (~2.5 ktons) and again many experts have concluded the device did not detonate as intended BUT that it could still be dangerous. However for the second test no radio-nucleotides were detected although a lack of detection is highly possible for a deep subteranian detonation.
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