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North Korea conducts nuclear test: South Korea defense ministry
Yahoo ^ | 1 hour 35 minutes ago | REUTERS

Posted on 02/11/2013 10:39:17 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea's defence ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9 magnitude was registered by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicentre of the seismic activity, which was only one km below the Earth's surface, was close to the North's known nuclear test site.

"We've been informed by the South Koreans that there's been a (North Korean) nuclear test," a U.N. Security Council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

An international nuclear test monitoring agency said the location of the seismic event was "roughly congruent with" 2006 and 2008 tests carried out by the reclusive state and had "clear explosion-like characteristics".

North Korea, which had been threatening a third nuclear test, had informed Beijing and Washington on Monday of plans to undertake a test, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

The isolated state, which is banned under U.N. Security Council resolutions from developing nuclear and missile technology, did not make any immediate comment.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: korea; nknukes; nkorea; northkorea; nucleartest; nukes; southkorea

1 posted on 02/11/2013 10:39:28 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: TigersEye; Marine_Uncle; justa-hairyape; onyx; Fred Nerks; NormsRevenge; SierraWasp; Grampa Dave; ..

H/T to Drudge.


2 posted on 02/11/2013 10:47:15 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The seismic’s so far look to be the same as their 2011 test. If their material weight was the same, no gainful advances; just a REAL loud firecracker to shake the world down with. On the other hand, what are the testing for here and can they put “things” in orbit?


3 posted on 02/11/2013 10:56:00 PM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: Michael Barnes
Well Iran is a pardner in these types of activities,....and they both have demonstrated some big rockets,
4 posted on 02/11/2013 10:59:37 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Yeah, and Iran has a couple “things” floating around the globe with no “real” stated intent.


5 posted on 02/11/2013 11:01:16 PM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: Michael Barnes

2 things. They could be making smaller versions for loading on missiles (my guess) or preparing primaries for thermonuclear weapons which need relatively small 1kt yields.


6 posted on 02/11/2013 11:02:01 PM PST by Monty22002
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To: Monty22002

I agree with your statement. The DPRK could hand out a lot of havoc in the region with short range solutions. Or they could be working towards something very BIG. Bottom line, who are they trying to either force into a castle position or do they actually think they can maneuver into a mate position? The norks are hard to anticipate when hungry (compound too reports of the new kid not being received well, where does THAT leave “us”?).


7 posted on 02/11/2013 11:09:31 PM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: Michael Barnes; Monty22002

My head is starting to hurt, just thinking about it.....time for bed.


8 posted on 02/11/2013 11:15:37 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

party popper has already been lit..Guess there’s no downside to some shut eye now...


9 posted on 02/11/2013 11:17:55 PM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Playing dangerous games on their back porch, instead of the beach, hoping to intimidate the neighbors on the other side of the county.

China's rusty pocket knife.

10 posted on 02/11/2013 11:28:35 PM PST by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Surpassed 7 kilotons.
11 posted on 02/11/2013 11:46:25 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Yep. They sure like to disrespect the US and SK because they know nothing will happen


12 posted on 02/12/2013 12:18:32 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

...so are South Koreans going to start liking us?

No?

Then let the North have them...


13 posted on 02/12/2013 12:24:59 AM PST by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

One kilometer below the Earth’s surface?

It’s a miracle the North Koreans have the technology to make a hole that deep.

I wonder how many slave laborers died digging it?


14 posted on 02/12/2013 4:18:31 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

15 posted on 02/12/2013 4:28:35 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I bet the WH, in its outrage is deeply disturbed.


16 posted on 02/12/2013 4:49:00 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (...and to the Republic for which it STOOD...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"U.S. President Barack Obama labeled the test a "highly provocative act"

Oohhh. I'm sure this struck fear and trembling into the hearts of the NORKs. Next Obama will threaten to hold his breath and turn blue if the NORKs don't do his bidding.

17 posted on 02/12/2013 5:47:52 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: norwaypinesavage
Next Obama will threaten to hold his breath and turn blue

Before he leaves for Vegas.

18 posted on 02/12/2013 5:56:17 AM PST by jersey117
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The buzz is that this test differs from the 2 previous attempts in that this one is an enriched uranium device rather than a plutonium-based implosion device.

The Uranium device is much simpler, and is almost impossible to screw up. It also uses expensive bomb grade uranium, which requires centrifuges spinning for years to accomplish and provide a rather low yield. Plutonium is a byproduct of a fast breeder reactor, and is easily separated, MUCH cheaper to acquire and has a much more significant yield and can be enhanced to improve the yield.

That said, This device would not be prolific due to the enrichment process.

This test was to prove to the world that they are significant. Another failure would have been disastrous for the leaders of this Prison Camp masquerading as a country.


19 posted on 02/12/2013 6:08:39 AM PST by Mr. Quarterpanel (I am not an actor, but I play one on TV)
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To: Mr. Quarterpanel

Prison Camp masquerading as a country.

I like that description.

20 posted on 02/12/2013 10:23:02 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Un-like the recent reports the Iranian’s exploded a atomic device, this one probably is on the level.


21 posted on 02/12/2013 12:32:24 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (I'm going John Galt slowly.... But. Honor must be earned.)
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To: Marine_Uncle; Ernest_at_the_Beach

Whoops.”Un-like the recent reports the Iranian’s exploded a atomic device, this one probably is on the level.” should have been written: unlike the recent reports the Iranian nuclear facility was damaged through explosions, this report is probably on the level. There fixed it.


22 posted on 02/12/2013 12:35:04 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (I'm going John Galt slowly.... But. Honor must be earned.)
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To: Marine_Uncle

Got a seismic signature on this one.


23 posted on 02/12/2013 1:14:19 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
RE: "Got a seismic signature on this one."
That's why I believe this report holds credibility.
I'm currently watching the Senate committee debate on the
Secretary of Defense nomination.
24 posted on 02/12/2013 2:05:39 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (I'm going John Galt slowly.... But. Honor must be earned.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

NO cheers, unfortunately.

25 posted on 02/12/2013 11:22:52 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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