ROK Upping the Ante (For A Change)

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Mr_Fingerz, Jun 28, 2011.

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  1. Mr_Fingerz

    Mr_Fingerz LE Book Reviewer

  2. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    Just a question, what evidence is there that North Korea let off an underground nuclear device? I know there was a ****ing big bang a while back and they claimed an successful detonation but is there any independent evidence that it was what they said and not 100,000 tons of TNT.
  3. Trans-sane

    Trans-sane LE Book Reviewer

    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.