Wednesday, September 13, 2017

North Korean Nuclear Test Far Bigger Than Reported

Kim Jong-un, center, before a nuclear test at an undisclosed location, according to the North’s state-run news agency. Credit KCNA

Bloomberg: North Korea's Nuke Test May Have Been Twice as Strong as Thought

North Korea’s latest nuclear test may have been more than twice as powerful as first thought -- or 17 times stronger than the Hiroshima bomb -- according to an analysis by 38 North.

New seismic data from the Sept. 3 explosion suggest a blast of about 250 kilotons, compared with an initial estimate of 120 kilotons, analysts Frank Pabian, Joseph Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu wrote for the website, which is run by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. The energy released by the U.S. bomb detonated over Hiroshima in 1945 was about 15 kilotons.

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More News On North Korean Nuclear Test Being Far Bigger Than Reported

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Satellite Imagery Shows Post-Test Effects and New Activity in Alternate Tunnel Portal Areas -- 38 North
North Korea may have detonated 250-kiloton bomb -- UPI
North Korea Nuclear Yield Estimated At 250 Kilotons: US Monitor -- NDTV/AFP
North Korea nuclear test may have been twice as strong as first thought -- Washington Post


Anonymous said...

You've got to love the smiles on the faces of Kim Jong-un and his entourage in the photo that accompanies this news story. Say what you like about the DPRK's leadership, but those are the genuine smiles of men who know that the warhead in front of them takes them a huge step towards a future where they die of old age. For Kim, it means he won't get a bayonet in his intestines or a noose slipped around his neck, like Muammar Gaddafi or Saddam Hussein. The other guys know that the project's success means they won't be sent to a firing squad.

What's so great about that prospect, for everyone else? If they die of old age, it means millions of Koreans don't die in the most destructive war since World War Two. (And if you're still not convinced, it means iPhone X deliveries won't be interrupted.)

Closest to the camera is Ri Hon Sop, former director of the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Centre. Hong Sung Mu is the guy at the extreme left of the photo. He's the deputy director of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea's munitions industry department. Both men have been instrumental in the DPRK's nuclear and thermonuclear weapons programs.

Anonymous said...

"it means millions of Koreans don't die in the most destructive war since World War Two."

Your right. It just means millions of Koreans will die due to starvation, denied the right to live free from tyranny and most will die in a Korean prison camp.

fazman said...

Let's keep the figure in some sort of conventional realistic perspective like the first Korean war.
33000 u.s dead,120,000 wounded, shocking, but remember they were not ww2 combat vets and most units were at under 50%- strength.

fazman said...


Anonymous said...

you are biting the hypothetical and sound bit against certainties of war , this is you usually give you iraq mess