North Korea Second Nuclear Test

According to North Korea, it has just tested a second nuclear device. Thus far, it remains unconfirmed. This broke about 20 minutes ago and thus there is currently little more to report. My prediction assuming it is true? The world and US will condemn, then we’ll use it to resurrect the worthless 6 Party Talks, give Pyongyang something (money, lifting sanctions, energy etc.) and end up back where we started, essentially paying North Korea for nothing. Funny how history repeats itself. President Obama should take this opportunity to break the cycle, not only refusing further talks but cutting ALL aid to North Korea and seeking further sanctions. It would also be a good time to give the Japanese a nudge to make additional public statements about developing their own weapons. That’ll get China’s attention.

More as the story breaks.

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8 Responses to North Korea Second Nuclear Test

  1. Seismic activity reported by the US Geological Survey seems to corroborate the test.

  2. Robert says:

    Isn’t life in Korea grand?

    Ex-presidents taking headers from cliffs, auto-genocidal Stalinists tasting nukes, summer protest season right around the corner.

    At least our swine flu numbers are still low.

  3. s says:

    http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eq_depot/2009/eq_090525_hbaf/neic_hbaf_l.html

    http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eq_depot/2009/eq_090525_hbaf/neic_hbaf.jpg

    seems to be about the same location as the previous test, the magnitude is a bit stronger, 4.7 vs 4.2, means about 3 times larger in terms of total energy.

    maybe they finally got enough TNT to fake a blast.

  4. Hank says:

    bush was right on in proclaiming the triple axis of evil. At least one has been converted.

  5. ElamBend says:

    I think John Bolton is a bit of a blowhard sometime, but he “wrote”:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124277648950937029.html about this in the Wall Street Journal a little over a week ago.

  6. Carl says:

    Agreed with the OP. Let Japan tell China that it intends to develop weapons of its own unless it wakes up and starts taking regional responsibility and sorts out Kim. China would go bonkers if Japan ever start a nuke program, so I definitely think they’d see taking point on NORK as a much more palatable solution.

  7. Aaron says:

    Recommending the development of nuclear weapons would be political suicide in Japan. While the population tends to ignore the desires of politicians who want to make it possible for Japan to appease the U.S. by participating in more “international peace-keeping operations,” there is no question that the vast majority of Japanese citizens oppose the very existence of nuclear weapons, much less the potential possession of them by Japan. While I think it is true that Japanese citizens have even less impact on government policies than U.S. citizens do on theirs, and it’s further true that Japanese politicians have less impact on the actual working of government (compared to the liftime-entrenched beuracracy/coprorate structure) than U.S. politicians do, the issue of nuclear weaponry is so visceral to the average Japanese citizen (even those too young to remember World War II) that its simply an untenable prospect.