Sunday, October 15, 2006

World: How to go nuclear?

Interesting tenor on the news reports about North Korea's purported nuclear detonation. In the first few days, they seemed to me to state categorically that there was a nuclear blast. More recently, the reports - from quite a variety of sources - have stepped back from the hubris of the definite. The blast was noticeable, but small. No radiation detected.

Currently, even Wikipedia's entry equivocates on whether it really was a nuclear device. Gas detected consistent with a nuclear explosion; according to a US source "We don't think they were trying to fake a nuclear test, but it may have been a nuclear fizzle.''

Although it's hard to take seriously a clown like the Dear Leader, but I remain surprised that the matter is so hard to resolve.

Update 16-Oct-06: Latest news seems to confirm the detonation was nuclear - which frankly surprises me, as I didn't expect them to be capable. Clearly, the Dear Leader is diverting all North Korea's scant resources to this one statement, angling for an increase in rewards from the rest of the world. A perverse form of trade. Either that or it's just bravado, and he's a mad clown.

...scrap that. He is a mad clown.

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