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    http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/nation...ear040911.html

    Explosions caused mushroom cloud over N. Korea: source
    Last Updated Sun, 12 Sep 2004 00:14:58 EDT
    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - A mushroom-shaped cloud was seen in North Korea last Thursday following a large explosion, a South Korean news agency reported Sunday.

    INDEPTH: North Korea

    The explosion in Kim Hyong Jik county produced a crater large enough to be seen by a satellite, said the Yonhap news agency.

    Kim Hyong Jik is reported to hold a major missile base.

    The cloud measured 3.5 to 4 kilometres in diameter, an unidentified diplomatic source told Yonhap .

    Last Thursday was the founding anniversary of North Korea and some officials believe the communist country may have used the day to conduct a nuclear-related test, but there's no indication that is so.

    South Korea said Sunday it could not yet confirm the reports and a U.S. official said the situation was still unclear.

    Written by CBC News Online staff


    Accident? Test? What?
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  • #2
    OMG we nuked them!!!

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    • #3
      Re: Big Boom in Korea


      Accident? Test? What?
      PR move, probably.

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      • #4
        No one really knows what the hell is going on in there any more, do we?

        Either way, the USA has satellites all over the globe. If Kim Jong Il pops open a can of Pringles, we know about it, so I'm sure it's known and we just aren't telling anyone.
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        • #5
          Pretty certain that it's a test. Given the timing.

          From earlier today:

          WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 - President Bush and his top advisers have received intelligence reports in recent days describing a confusing series of actions by North Korea that some experts believe could indicate the country is preparing to conduct its first test explosion of a nuclear weapon, according to senior officials with access to the intelligence.


          http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/12/in...agewanted=1&hp
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          • #6
            Above ground test in a crowded country? The Beeb reported the site to be near the Chinese border. I wonder if China will be impressed.

            http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3648794.stm

            Big blast reported in North Korea

            A big explosion rocked a northern province of North Korea near the border with China last week, South Korea's Yonhap new agency is reporting.
            The blast on Thursday was seen from a satellite, Yonhap quoted an unnamed source in Beijing as saying.

            The cause has yet to be determined, the source said.

            In April, an explosion at a railway station in North Korea killed more than 150 people - but Pyongyang only admitted the incident three days later.

            Yonhap quoted a diplomatic source in Seoul as saying a mushroom cloud, with a radius of 3.5-4 kms (2.2-2.5 miles), was spotted in Kimhyungjik county in Yanggang province.

            But Seoul's top negotiator with North Korea, Unification Minister Chung Dong-young, reportedly played down the possibility that it might have been a nuclear weapons' test.

            He said South Korea was trying to get confirmation of the explosion and its effects, Yonhap reported.

            The blast is said to have happened on 9 September, as North Korea marked the 56th anniversary of its founding.
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            • #7
              No one really knows what the hell is going on in there any more, do we?


              It's not like that such a test is particularly good news for this gov't, so I'm guessing that they probably aren't in that big a rush to advertise it.
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              • #8
                **** Iraq, we should've gotten NK before it was too late.

                EDIT: Although how long have they had this capability? They are just now testing it, but...
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                • #9
                  bada boom. big bada boom..

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                  • #10
                    I would think it would be difficult to hide the aftereffects of a nuclear blast, particularly an open air detonation.
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                    • #11
                      Even the Soviets agreed that above ground nuclear tests were to damaging to the enviroment and stopped doing them in the late 1950's. I'm surprised the North Koreans couldn't find a mine shaft or something to put the bomb in before the blew it up.

                      Since they could see the crater from space it was likely a nuke test and not an accident.
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                      • #12
                        I wonder, how big a bomb makes a 3.5-4 km diameter mushroom cloud?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ramo
                          I wonder, how big a bomb makes a 3.5-4 km diameter mushroom cloud?
                          Depends on how soon after the detonation the picture is taken. I doubt they have hydrogen bomb technology, and I don't think atomic weapons can get very powerful.
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                          • #14
                            Hmmm... apparantly SK's Unification Minister claims that it's unlikely that this was a nuclear weapons test:

                            http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5973734/
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                            • #15
                              How is SK behavior explained? Is there an overwhelming desire to put unification over safety and well-being? Is the South government in league with the North?

                              Sorry if I sound like I'm trolling. I ain't. But it just seems ignert to be so careless in approach with Kim.
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