It’s been more than 48 hours since North Korea detonated what it claimed was a nuclear weapon, but so far there’s been no verification that it was, indeed, an atomic weapon. Even if it was, it appears to have been either a very small one or a “dud”. (Just recall that this “dud” would still be enough to ruin your whole day…)
It’s entirely possible that this was an intentionally-small device, perhaps to demonstrate a suitcase nuke capability, though I find this a bit difficult to believe. As a first attempt at a Bomb with a capital ‘B’, a small, tightly-controlled unit doesn’t seem terribly likely. If a sub-kiloton test was indeed the goal, I’d suggest that it maybe had to do more with limited fissile material than with James Bond gadgets.
Speaking of material, maybe they bought some low-grade stuff or processed it poorly, resulting in a greatly-lessened output.
In any event, while it’s fine to poke fun at the lunatics for their apparent ineptitude, don’t lose sight of the fact that even inept madmen with minor nuclear weapons are, to say the least, very troubling.
Here are some more Nork NanoNuke goodies:
- U.S. ‘Dragnet’ Hunts for Nuke Clues at Defense Tech
- Why North Korea is the Wrong Focus by Joe Katzman at Winds of Change
- Bill Gertz Reports U.S Intelligence Agencies Don’t Believe Korean Blast Was Nuclear
- Newsweek blames America for North Korea’s nukes, but it omits what happened Sept. 20, 2005 at Frank Warner
- North Korea Tests Nuclear Weapon by Bill Roggio
- Stratfor: No “Satisfactory Military Solution” to North Korean Test at CounterTerrorism