The big news, obviously, is that the North Koreans have apparently detonated a nuclear device. I’ve been away from the internet and am currently quite busy, so I’ll direct you to some round-ups at some of my favorite sites. Most of these have many links to check out:
Instapundit notes, among other things, that China and Japan seem to be on the same page about this, as they often have of late. That doesn’t bode well for the DPRK.
Also Wizbang: Is North Korea Preparing Another Nuke Test?
Pajamas Media has a large collection.
Winds of Change has some, too.
Murdoc has two quick things to say. First, it will be interesting to see what the reaction to this is, particularly if a second test is, in fact, performed. I’m not talking about what people say, condemnation at the UN, blah blah blah. I’m talking about what people do.
This will tell us two things: A) Where everyone really stands on the issue of North Korean nukes, and B) What a reaction to Iranian nuclear tests will likely be like.
This could end up being “put up or shut up” time. If we falter, Iran will get the message and charge ahead. If we stand strong, we could head off much future trouble.
The second thing I’m thinking is that this test could very well have been a near-total failure. Although initial reports claim the test might have been as powerful as 15 kilotons, there’s evidence that it may have been as weak as 550 tons. A 550 ton nuclear bomb is a waste of good radioactive material.
If the 550 ton number is accurate, it appears that the DPRK’s nukes are about as capable as the DPRK’s ICBMs.
UPDATE: NORK Nuclear Test: It’s A Dud:
A plutonium device should produce a yield in the range of the 20 kilotons, like the one we dropped on Nagasaki. No one has ever dudded their first test of a simple fission device. North Korean nuclear scientists are now officially the worst ever.