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C. Flower
06-01-2016, 11:42 AM
Well, North Korea announced its first hydrogen bomb test this morning.

Some reports are saying it failed.

It seems to have triggered a 5.1 earthquake.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3386367/Magnitude-5-1-earthquake-detected-close-North-Korean-nuclear-test-site-trigger-concerns-country-conducted-new-atomic-explosion.html?ito=social-twitter_mailonline

riposte
06-01-2016, 11:56 AM
They always say that ... and only seconds after the blast.

random new yorker
06-01-2016, 03:30 PM
this is big news here in the US

if true China might need to get involved

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World stocks fell for a fifth day on Wednesday as China fueled fears about its economy by allowing the yuan to weaken further and a nuclear test by North Korea added to a growing list of geopolitical worries.

full text (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-markets-idUSKBN0UK01B20160106)
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Saoirse go Deo
06-01-2016, 06:51 PM
The significant thing here is not that it was potentially a H-bomb but that they are claiming that it was a miniaturized device. If so it could potentially be small enough to go on a rocket. Modern nukes are all about the size of the physical bomb, not the size of the blast.

Count Bobulescu
07-02-2016, 01:29 AM
Having announced that they would launch another rocket between Feb 5 and 25, which they claim is part of a sattelite program, but few believe them, they launched an hour ago, just 90 minutes before the start of the Republican debate. US, Japan, and Korea have requested an emergency UN SC meeting for Sunday.

C. Flower
07-02-2016, 07:47 PM
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/un-security-council-vows-tough-response-to-north-korea-rocket-1.2525625

What is the purpose of a North Korean bomb, do you think ?

Caora
09-09-2016, 01:27 PM
http://www.wsj.com/articles/earthquake-hits-near-north-korea-nuclear-test-site-1473383426


SEOUL—North Korea conducted a fifth nuclear test hours after President Barack Obama wrapped up a tour of Asia, highlighting the U.S.’s struggle to rein in the rising threat from dictator Kim Jong Un.

Pyongyang declared a successful test hours after the U.S. Geological Survey detected a magnitude 5.3 earthquake near North Korea’s nuclear test site in the country’s northeast early on Friday, a reading that surpassed the magnitudes of tremors set off by the country’s previous nuclear tests.

Interesting timing, Obama's visit to G20 and the ASEAN summit was likely to be a tense affair given US support for Vietnamese & Filipino maritime boundary claims in the South China Sea (the bulk of which is claimed by Beijing), but Kim Jong-Un stole the show with this one. The South Korean government looks likely to press on with deployment of a US built missile defence shield, a move that China strenuously opposes. This has the making of a masterly strategic step by the North, setting China and SK in opposition to each other aligns with the regime's interests of preventing too close relations between those countries.

Caora
10-09-2016, 10:59 AM
SEOUL—North Korea fired three ballistic missiles into the sea Monday, hours after South Korea’s president pleaded unsuccessfully with China’s leader to drop his opposition to Seoul’s plan to deploy a U.S. missile defense shield.

Surprised this hasn't received more media attention because it's a far more serious threat to regional peace than Chinese naval bases on a couple of sand shoals near Vietnam. South Korea is a major military and economic power, drawing it out of US orbit has been a key policy of the Beijing regime since Jinping assumed power; this launch represents the Kim's playing their major trump card, that of assuming a bulwark against US military deployment on China's borders.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/09/world/asia/south-korea-us-thaad-china.html?_r=0

Caora
12-09-2016, 01:27 AM
South Korea’s anger at North Korea’s latest nuclear test appeared to be reflected in a report from the semiofficial Yonhap news agency on Sunday, which said Seoul had developed a plan to destroy the North Korean capital city of Pyongyang with missiles and bombs if there is any indication North Korea plans to use a nuclear weapon.

The report, which cited an unnamed military source, also said the South Korean military has formed a unit in charge of destroying the North Korean leadership. A spokesman for South Korea’s defense ministry didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Such reports surface in the South Korean media during periods of tension with North Korea.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/despite-tough-talk-further-isolating-north-korea-looks-difficult-1473590337