U.S. officials doubt Korean test was nuclear
U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that seismic readings show that the conventional high explosives used to create a chain reaction in a plutonium-based device went off, but that the blast’s readings were shy of a typical nuclear detonation.
“We’re still evaluating the data, and as more data comes in, we hope to develop a clearer picture,” said one official familiar with intelligence reports.
“There was a seismic event that registered about 4 on the Richter scale, but it still isn’t clear if it was a nuclear test. You can get that kind of seismic reading from high explosives.”
The underground explosion, which Pyongyang dubbed a historic nuclear test, is thought to have been the equivalent of several hundred tons of TNT, far short of the several thousand tons of TNT, or kilotons, that are signs of a nuclear blast, the official said.
The official said that so far, “it appears there was more fizz than pop.”
So Kim Jong-il set off the Nuclear equivalent of a Diet Coke mixed with Mentos.
Just give him some more time.
Those top notch Korean Scientists will eventually get it right!
Once nutcase leaders like Kim Jong-il or Pervez Musharraf have achieved a nuclear arsenal, (as Musharraf has and “ronery” boy Kim wants us to believe he has) how long until one of those states touches a nuker off for real?
How many more nutcases can the west arm with nukes?
How about Ahmadinejad?
Hugo’s friend Fidel tried to get some nukes back in the 60’s and then point them at the US …
… but his parents (the Russians) took his toys away.
Once enough tin-pot strongmen gangster dictators have nukes of their own (fizzy or not) how long until they start, well you know, “Making History”?
Is that the “New World Order” plan? The “Neo-Con Plot?” or is it just bad foreign policy based on “Hoping for the best”? In the end will this particular road to hell … you know, the one paved with good intentions … eventually lead to the arming of as many these third world nut cases with “fizzy” nukes as possible?
Once we reach “Fizzy Nuke Critical Mass” (pun intended) someone in the west will probably think it’s a great idea to bait the nutters into using them … on each other.
There’s a non-plan that could really backfire.