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North Korea Conducts Fifth Nuclear Test -- The Largest One Yet (cnn.com) 243

TMB writes: As reported by CNN, North Korea has conducted its 5th nuclear test, the largest yet at 10 kilotons. Before the test was reported, Slashdot reader hcs_$reboot reported: A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has been detected in North Korea, amid reports the country had been preparing for its fifth nuclear test. South Korea's Yonhap news agency said it had been an "artificial quake." The U.S. Geological Survey said the tremor had been detected in the north-east of North Korea, close to a known nuclear test site. The earthquake occurred close to the surface, the USGS said. The shallow depth and precise timing of the quake suggests it was man-made. North Korea says it has tested a nuclear warhead and that the test showed the warhead "has been standardized to be able to be mounted on strategic ballistic rockets."
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North Korea Conducts Fifth Nuclear Test -- The Largest One Yet

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  • by drnb ( 2434720 ) on Friday September 09, 2016 @03:20AM (#52853063)

    North Korea says it has tested a nuclear warhead and that the test showed the warhead "has been standardized to be able to be mounted on strategic ballistic rockets."

    This can't have happened, Bill Clinton signed an agreement with North Korea.

    • Their claims for what the test showed is false. Successfully detonating a weak nuke doesn't indicate that it's been standardized, or it will function on a ballistic missile. (Rockets have no guidance, so only a total F'ing moron would put one on a rocket.)
      • by drnb ( 2434720 )

        Their claims for what the test showed is false. Successfully detonating a weak nuke doesn't indicate that it's been standardized, or it will function on a ballistic missile. (Rockets have no guidance, so only a total F'ing moron would put one on a rocket.)

        V2 rockets hit London from French territory during WW2. North Korea could hit Seoul, its only 35 miles from the border.

      • by ecotax ( 303198 )

        Their claims for what the test showed is false.

        As a claim, yes, it's false. Which means we don't know whether they actually have those standardized nukes or not.

        ...so only a total F'ing moron would put one on a rocket.

        Yes, indeed, he would.

      • You've read some of the claims about dear leader [telegraph.co.uk], right?

        I mean, the man wrote 1,500 books in three years while at a University. He picked up a golf club in 1984 and hit a 38 with no fewer than 11 holes in one. They couldn't possibly be crazy liars, could they?
      • ...(Rockets have no guidance, so only a total F'ing moron would put one on a rocket.)...

        So you're saying he'll do it..? Har.

        Some people in some parts of the world don't understand what "real world" is when they've been brainwashed since birth.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by dbIII ( 701233 )
      Not quite but close. Then the "axis of evil" speech happened and it all went to shit.
      Maybe it would have gone to shit anyway, but by 2006 they were setting off nukes. Personally I think an approach other than Bush's of insults and perpetual vacation would have had different results.


      Here's what happened as a list of events from someone far more careful to avoid bais than I.
      https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/dprkchron
      • by drnb ( 2434720 )

        Not quite but close. Then the "axis of evil" speech happened and it all went to shit. Maybe it would have gone to shit anyway, but by 2006 they were setting off nukes.

        Over a year before Bill leaves office North Korea is flying missiles over Japan and his administration suspects that North Korean is cheating on the nuclear deal.

        • by dbIII ( 701233 )
          That and a lot of other things are mentioned in that link I gave. I suggest you look at it.

          Over a year before Bill leaves office

          So a halt for close to a couple of years is the same as missiles every few months since plus atomic fucking bombs being detonated?


          Besides it wasn't really Clinton doing the work but instead of bunch that were mainly military. Powell was set to finish the job but then baby Bush decided to pretend to be "strong" and absolutely fuck everything up.
          Could it have been solved? Maybe,

      • Bunching Nork w/ Iran and Iraq in the axis of evil to give it a non-Islamic tinge was really stupid of Bush. North Korea did not support terror in the world. Iran and Iraq were both supporters of Hizbullah and Hamas when Bush gave that speech.
  • Nukes are so 20th century. Precision weapons are much more useful. Somebody should send O'l Kimmy the memo - obviously he never got it.
    • by DarkOx ( 621550 )

      Precision weapons are much more useful.

      If you are the worlds police force and you care about humanity yes, that is true. If you are looking for an effective deterrent and you demonstrait routinely to your potential enemies satisfaction you don't really care about the lives of the innocent than it isn't true.

      I am plenty frightened that DPRK would use a weapon like this as a response against South Korea, Japan or any other first world aligned Asian power if an attack on them was made and failed to immediately cripple these assets. I fear they wo

    • Nukes are better for influencing public opinion. Threaten to send a nuke at Washington DC and millions of ordinary people panic. Threaten to send precision strikes against the pentagon and the white house and only those people head for the bunkers.

    • Precision weapons are much more useful.

      More useful for what? Until someone describes the problem they're trying to solve, I'd hesistate to talk about the relative merits of various solutions.

  • by Mysticalfruit ( 533341 ) on Friday September 09, 2016 @10:09AM (#52854487) Homepage Journal
    With North Korea's nascent industrial capacity, I'm oddly of the opinion that he should test until he's out of bombs and should test missiles until he runs out of missiles.

    Fire the gun into the ground until the clips empty...
  • If North Korea launches a 10kt bomb on any of our allies in the region it'll be fun to watch Pongyang get turned into a glowing parking lot in the matter of minutes it'll take to launch a missile from a U.S. boomer.

Thufir's a Harkonnen now.

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