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Old 02-12-2013, 03:13 AM
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North Korea Nuclear Test Takes Place

Regime confirms it set off its third nuclear bomb, signalled by an earthquake detected by South Korea, Japan and the US

North Korea has conducted a nuclear test in defiance of international bans – a development signalled by an earthquake detected in the country shortly before noon on Tuesday and later confirmed by the regime.

The government in Pyongyang said scientists set off a "miniaturised" nuclear device and that the test was conducted in a safe manner.

Officials in South Korea, Japan and the US had earlier announced they were almost certain a controlled nuclear explosion had taken place at or near the site where the North's two previous tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009.

Diplomats said the UN security council was convening an emergency meeting in response. A UN body that monitors nuclear tests said it had detected an "unusual seismic event" in North Korea. "The event shows clear explosion-like characteristics and its location is roughly congruent with the 2006 and 2009 [North Korea] nuclear tests," said Tibor Toth, the executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation in Vienna.

The agency said it constituted "a clear threat to international peace and security, and challenges efforts made to strengthen global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, in particular by ending nuclear testing".

Seismic activity had been picked up by the US geological survey and monitoring stations in South Korea.

It appeared to be a more powerful blast than the North's previous two tests. Experts in South Korea, the US and Japan put the quake at magnitudes of between 4.7 and 5.2.

Earthquakes of magnitude 3.9 and 4.5 respectively were detected in the North's 2006 and 2009 nuclear tests

Yosuke Igarashi, an official at the Japan Meteorological Agency, said: "A natural earthquake normally starts with a smaller tremor followed by a larger one. This quake's strength was the same throughout."

The South Korean government raised its military alert level, while Japan was preparing to dispatch military aircraft to look for signs of atmospheric radiation.

In Tokyo the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, called an emergency meeting of his security council to discuss Japan's response. "I have ordered that we consider every possible way to address this issue, including our own sanctions, while co-operating with other countries," he said after the meeting.

Tensions have been running high in the region since North Korea threatened to conduct a nuclear test in protest at fresh UN sanctions imposed after the regime successfully launched a satellite into orbit in mid-December.

The North again raised the diplomatic stakes when its most powerful military body warned that its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programmes were targeted at the US.

Any progress the North makes in its missile and nuclear programmes is a cause for concern, although it is thought to be some way off having the ability to produce a nuclear warhead small enough to mount on a reliable long-range missile.

North Korea has enough plutonium to build between four and eight nuclear weapons, according to Siegfried Hecker, a nuclear scientist who visited the country's main Yongbyon nuclear complex in 2010.

Other reports suggest the country has enough fissile material for about a dozen plutonium warheads. In 2009 the regime said it would begin enriching uranium, giving it another means of building a nuclear arsenal.

Speculation had been mounting that this third could involve a uranium device – a clear signal that North Korea's scientists have mastered the ability to produce highly enriched uranium.

In October 2012 a spokesman from the North's national defence commission told state media that the country had built a missile capable of striking the United States but did not provide further details. A missile featured in an April 2012 military parade appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile but its authenticity has not been verified by foreign experts.

Daniel Pinkston of the International Crisis Group in Seoul said: "The question is whether things could spiral. I agree there should be some costs and consequences, but as far as believing the consequences should deter them – I think that's wishful thinking.

"The [North Koreans] view the world as hostile and menacing; and if even China is hostile, then even more so. Other people might think OK, they will be more cautious and have second thoughts because even China will take action. But from their point of view it reaffirms why they need [a nuclear programme]. When the world is like this, do you not want to be a nuclear power?"

Analysts said the test, like the previous two, was designed to strengthen the North's bargaining position as the US, South Korea, Russia, China and Japan attempt to restart talks on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

Dr Leonid Petrov, a North Korea expert at the Australian National University, said it would bolster the North's case for describing itself as a genuine nuclear state.

"Obviously the [North Koreans] are not going to bargain and are not going to give up the nuclear options," Petrov said. "We have passed already the point of no return: North Korea is de facto a nuclear state, all we can do is minimise the damage."

Petrov suggested the North might be willing to freeze its civilian nuclear programme if given sufficient incentives, such as the loosening of international sanctions. It would also need assurances, particularly from the US, that it would not be the target of attempts at regime change or military strikes.

The only alternative, he said, was a pre-emptive strike that could miss many of the country's underground nuclear sites and raise the dangerous prospect of a counter-attack.

Petrov said the North's determination to push ahead with its nuclear programme was a failure of diplomacy that began with the administration of George Bush, who described the country as part of an "axis of evil" when Washington adopted a tougher stance in 2002.

"The world is now a much more dangerous place," Petrov said. "It's very sad.

Kim Min-seok, a South Korean defence ministry spokesman, said the North had informed China and the US in advance of its intention to conduct the test but could not say when the message was relayed.

Petrov said that if true the decision to inform other nations in advance was a "marked" change in the regime's approach under its leader, Kim Jong-un, who has been in power just over a year. Kim has shown no sign of ditching the nuclear ambitions of his father, Kim Jong-il, but has been more open than the country's former leader about his regime's intentions, having also given notice of a recent satellite launch using a ballistic rocket.

source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013...est-earthquake

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I can foresee another war with them, and I don't think most people would be opposed when it comes to the nuclear threats they've been making. I am scared of who will attack first, though

I watched a documentary on North Korea a while back and it covered the concentration/death camps for the disabled... even then I believed there was more reason to invade then anything else since ww2

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Although I'm really against the US or any other country invading/starting wars, this would be a good time to invade North Korea, destroy the regime and unify the North and South, it seems like North Korea is just asking to get invaded...one downside is that the Chinese are their allies and I doubt the United States or any other country want to start something with them.

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Old 02-12-2013, 04:41 AM
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North Korea and China are close allies. In fact chinese soldiers fought on the side of north korea during the korean war. No one is invading North Korea. They have a million man army and nuke's.

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Old 02-12-2013, 04:51 AM
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North Korea's 'Dear Leader' needs a reality check. The whole place is messed up. The last thing this planet needs is to have that stubborn child dictator with his finger on the button.

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North Korea's 'Dear Leader' needs a reality check. The whole place is messed up. The last thing this planet needs is to have that stubborn child dictator with his finger on the button.
You watch too many hollywood movies and fox news propaganda, the north korean regime would not do such a thing, as it would mean the immediate and complete destruction of their nation and grip on power. No one likes dieing.

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Old 02-12-2013, 05:01 AM
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for once i saw we let the americans of thier leash let them fuck em up

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It is also American sanctions on the north korean people that is contributing to their starvation. sanctions only hurt the civillian population as you see the north korean leadership are not hungry.

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It is also American sanctions on the north korean people that is contributing to their starvation. sanctions only hurt the civillian population as you see the north korean leadership are not hungry.
Ok. Well, why are they allegedly testing nuclear weapons? Are they trying to scare someone? Is it just a show for their citizens? What's the deal?

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