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Japanese media allege NK preparing nuke test
The Korean Times ^ | 11/17/2010 | Kim Se-jeong

Posted on 11/17/2010 7:55:59 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld

Japan’s Sankei Shimbun reported Wednesday that North Korea may be making preparations for a possible third nuclear test. The newspaper published satellite imagery from the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear site, which it alleged showed work toward the test in progress.

The daily quoted an expert as saying, “Based on what’s been shown in the photos, it is clear that North Korea is preparing for a new experiment. Chances are high that something will happen in the next six months.”

The report followed comments by Siegfried Hecker, a former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Charles Jack Pritchard, a former U.S. special envoy to North Korea, who visited Pyongyang earlier this month and said the regime appeared to be building a new experimental light-water reactor.

They added that the reactor, expected to produce 25 to 30 megawatts of electricity, will be finished by 2012.

“The concrete was poured, and power lines were erected, indicating the construction was in its early stages,” said Pritchard.

Keeping a wary watch, the South Korean government only said it would like to verify the news report.

(Excerpt) Read more at koreatimes.co.kr ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: koreanpeninsula; nkorea; northeastasia; northkorea; nucleartest; skorea

1 posted on 11/17/2010 7:56:04 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Kim Jong Un trying to look like he’s a tough guy.


2 posted on 11/17/2010 8:02:37 PM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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Nuclear Testing 101


This is how the USGS tells a nuclear explosion to a natural earthquake.The top seismograph(in red) is produced by a underground nuclear explosion. The bottom two (in color blue) are caused by a natural earthquake.
3 posted on 11/17/2010 8:02:42 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: rdl6989
Obama's weakness is the "market pull" for all of this, at the end of the day.

Japanese media and government all "get it". The empty suit is bringing this all upon Northeast Asia.

4 posted on 11/17/2010 8:05:47 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (I support "a pathway to kicking your a** off U.S. Soil", if you came here & remain here illegally)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

The underground bomb has a unique signature.


5 posted on 11/17/2010 8:06:02 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: rdl6989
Obama's weakness is the "market pull" for all of this, at the end of the day.

Japanese media and government all "get it". The empty suit is bringing this all upon Northeast Asia.

6 posted on 11/17/2010 8:07:11 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (As Big Jim Thompson sez: "Romney supporter? Then, go make up a "Wankers for Mitt" website & leave!")
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To: AmericanInTokyo

January 20, 2013 can’t come fast enough.


7 posted on 11/17/2010 8:07:19 PM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld
North Korea may be making preparations for a possible third nuclear test.

why not? North Korea is China's puppet, and it is useful for China to occassionaly use them to poke S.Korea, Japan, and the USA in the eye.

Certainly, the DPRK has nothing to fear from Obama.

8 posted on 11/17/2010 8:17:16 PM PST by PGR88
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To: PGR88

I am very interested seeing the data and how far they have come along from the last test.


9 posted on 11/17/2010 8:19:17 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

I think you have a typo. The second curve is indeed an earthquake, but the third curve, contrary to your assignment, is actually the signature of my doctor.


10 posted on 11/17/2010 8:24:43 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: coloradan

Actually, its the signature of 99 percent of the doctors out there.


11 posted on 11/17/2010 8:26:24 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

It’s my signature after a few too many tequilas...


12 posted on 11/17/2010 8:40:43 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Do you believe that the previous two blasts represented successful detonation of a nuclear device? My instinct is that they were duds. Of course, that would still make for a good dirty bomb, no?


13 posted on 11/17/2010 8:41:12 PM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: ThunderSleeps

LOL!!!


14 posted on 11/17/2010 8:41:41 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: Fractal Trader

IMHO, the first two explosions were very low yield explosions. My guess from 1-5 kilotons. It is within the power of North Korea to make a “dirty” bomb. Any nuclear power in the world can make a “dirty” bomb.


15 posted on 11/17/2010 8:46:08 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: Fractal Trader

If it registered on a seismograph quite strongly it was definitely a nuclear weapon.


16 posted on 11/17/2010 8:49:54 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld
I wonder how much of NK testing is getting to the Iranians? Could this next test be a test of the Iranian design?
17 posted on 11/18/2010 5:38:26 AM PST by 2001convSVT ("Repeal ObamaCare")
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To: 2001convSVT

The Iranians were present at the last test.


18 posted on 11/18/2010 1:54:21 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68; Mr. Mojo; James C. Bennett; mowowie; Captain Beyond; darkwing104; JRios1968; ...

Ping


19 posted on 11/18/2010 2:30:27 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld
Yes, I have no doubt that they were, I can also see them at missile and rocket test, but I would like know if the Iranians are using the NK design or one of their own? If one of their own designs, how long will it be before the Iranians test it?
20 posted on 11/19/2010 4:47:08 AM PST by 2001convSVT (That Beck guy was right about gold, too.)
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To: 2001convSVT

http://www.wmdinsights.com/I9/I9_ME1_ChallengesofIran_1.htm


21 posted on 11/19/2010 4:19:23 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: 2001convSVT

http://www.wmdinsights.com/I9/I9_ME1_ChallengesofIran_1.htm


22 posted on 11/19/2010 4:19:37 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld
Thanks for the good info.

I don't believe that Israel will attack until it is known the world over that Iran has the BOMB. I base this upon the fact that President Bush used the pretense that Iraqi was developing weapons of mass destruction for going into Iraqi, and President Bush was vilified because no hard evidence was presented. If Israel were to attack without hard evidence (an underground nuclear test of an Iranian design would be proof) Israel would likewise be vilified. Additionally, Israel may use tactical atomic weapons in the attack and without real proof of Iran having the BOMB, Israel lose all world support for their existence.

23 posted on 11/20/2010 6:08:15 AM PST by 2001convSVT (That Beck guy was right about gold, too.)
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