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(LEAD) N. Korea completes preparations for nuclear test (tunnel sealed, cables out)
Yonhap News ^ | 2013/01/23 | Kim Eun-jung

Posted on 01/23/2013 7:23:02 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster

2013/01/23 23:47 KST

(LEAD) N. Korea completes preparations for nuclear test

(ATTN: UPDATES in paras 1-6; CHANGES headline)

By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has completed all technical preparations for a nuclear test and can carry it out in a few days if it makes a decision, a South Korean intelligence source said Wednesday.

North Korea had dug up a tunnel for a test at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site, but the tunnel has now been plugged with dirt and concrete, the source said, suggesting that all measuring and other equipment has already been installed inside.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: heu; nkorea; nucleartest
In another English artle, it reports that this time they would use HEU.

Link: http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2013/01/23/15/0401000000AEN20130123005500315F.HTML

In its Korean article, Yonhap News gives additional report that the cables are seen drawn out of the tunnel.

Link: http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/politics/2013/01/18/0511000000AKR20130118157500043.HTML?template=2085

1 posted on 01/23/2013 7:23:11 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...

P!


2 posted on 01/23/2013 7:24:44 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Correction: In another English artle article,
3 posted on 01/23/2013 7:27:07 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It’ll likely be a near fizzle... I believe modern seismology and satellite radiation sensors can determine a great deal about what was tested in such tests nowadays. I’d say, why try to stop them. When things go awry, that’s more scientists who will be fired, if not worse. Pretty soon there will be nobody left there to create these bombs any more.


4 posted on 01/23/2013 7:32:33 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

A HEU gun-type bomb is much more idiot-proof than a plutonium implosion device; if they test I bet this one is pretty successful with a 15-20 kt yield, similar to the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombs.


5 posted on 01/23/2013 7:43:59 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: TigerLikesRooster
"but the tunnel has now been plugged with dirt and concrete, the source said, suggesting that all measuring and other equipment has already been installed inside"

I think that's a very generous assumption to give the N.Koreans. I know many of the scientists they have forced into this mess are intelligent, but maybe it's from recent satire movies that I can just see them all dressed up and ready for the test. They push the button and nothing happens, only to realize they forgot to plug a couple things in before they sealed it with concrete.

6 posted on 01/23/2013 7:46:15 AM PST by Marko413
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To: HiTech RedNeck

That said the HEU device could be an implosion device as well; the experience with their two previous tests would be applicable to such a device (which is more efficient than a gun) and I still think they are likely to have a more successful test this time.


7 posted on 01/23/2013 7:57:12 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist

Even then, you can’t just use pure uranium if you want to get a good explosion rather than a hot meltdown. It has to be spiced up with other stuff to perk up the rate at which the newly created critical mass undergoes reaction. Norkie quality control stinks, to put it mildly. The other stuff is going to be the problem here. IMHO.


8 posted on 01/23/2013 7:57:12 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

They did finally get a chunk of metal into orbit after several failures; they’re not COMPLETELY incompetent.


9 posted on 01/23/2013 8:07:02 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I’ve said before - N. Korean nuke sites are 500 miles to Beijing, and 10,000 miles to Los Angeles. Given proximity, and history, it is much more likely that a NORK Nuke would first be used on Beijing vs. Los Angeles

US strategic thinking about Korea should begin to reflect that.


10 posted on 01/23/2013 8:28:01 AM PST by PGR88
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To: TigerLikesRooster

bump

They have probably learned enough to make this work.

Of course feeding their people would be a better project


11 posted on 01/23/2013 9:21:55 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Can’t be! We got the Norks to give up their HEU program, Madeleine Albright and Bill Clinton told me so.

Then again, maybe my memory is failing me...


12 posted on 01/23/2013 9:23:32 AM PST by fiftymegaton (God Bless and Protect America)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

How much help are the Norks receiving from the Iranians on this little project?


13 posted on 01/23/2013 9:58:20 AM PST by miele man
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To: Strategerist
A HEU gun-type bomb is much more idiot-proof than a plutonium implosion device; if they test I bet this one is pretty successful with a 15-20 kt yield, similar to the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombs.

Shall we assume Iranians will be present for the test - with cash in hand?

14 posted on 01/23/2013 10:21:08 AM PST by GOPJ ( Do murder laws control murders?... freeper Red Badger)
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To: Strategerist
A HEU gun-type bomb is much more idiot-proof than a plutonium implosion device; if they test I bet this one is pretty successful with a 15-20 kt yield, similar to the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombs.

Gun-type devices are pretty much fool proof. Not much need to test anything and a serious waste of expensive resources unless the Uranium is not weapons grade.

It takes a lot of technology to get an implosion-type device to work. My bet is they are testing one of those. Heck, we never tested our gun-type weapon. Hiroshima was the test. The very first nuclear detonation was an implosion device. We really needed to know if our design and technology was ready. The group at Los Alamos were quite confident Little Boy would work and decided to not test it and wast all that expensive weapons grade Oralloy.

15 posted on 01/23/2013 10:57:59 AM PST by OldMissileer
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To: Strategerist

A HEU gun-type bomb is much more idiot-proof than a plutonium implosion device; if they test I bet this one is pretty successful with a 15-20 kt yield, similar to the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombs.”

You don’t even NEED to test a device with such a reliable design! We didn’t, in WWII - we just unloaded it on Nagasaki. The one we TESTED at Los Alamos was the plutonium implosion design.


16 posted on 01/23/2013 11:25:09 AM PST by 2harddrive
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To: 2harddrive

“You don’t even NEED to test a device with such a reliable design! We didn’t, in WWII - we just unloaded it on Nagasaki. The one we TESTED at Los Alamos was the plutonium implosion design.”

My memory was wrong. Hiroshima was the U-235 one, Nagasaki was the PU-239 one.


17 posted on 01/23/2013 11:29:43 AM PST by 2harddrive
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To: Strategerist

HEU bombs can also be implosion-stye weapons.


18 posted on 01/23/2013 3:57:52 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I'm searching for a downside to a nuke on L.A., New York or D.C.

Democrats are no longer supporters of a constitutional republic. Why should Americans care if one bunch of Communists obliterate another?

There is going to be a war. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

19 posted on 01/23/2013 5:23:10 PM PST by jonascord (Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a Single Star!)
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To: Jewbacca
You can, but why would you do that?

You can expend ENORMOUS amounts of resources on cascaded gas centrifuges to separate the U235 from U238, or ENORMOUS amounts of resources in research, engineering, and precision machining a P239 implosion device. Why do both?

20 posted on 01/23/2013 7:05:03 PM PST by Lexinom
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To: jonascord

Fair point.


21 posted on 01/23/2013 7:07:47 PM PST by Lexinom
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To: TigerLikesRooster; gandalftb; AmericanInTokyo; nuconvert
While we wait for their launch of the next rocket and the next nuclear test, it is worth the time to take a look at the pictures from the U’nha-3 rocket http://lewis.armscontrolwonk.com/archive/6177/north-koreas-juche-rocket
22 posted on 01/24/2013 2:01:10 AM PST by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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To: PGR88

I’m more interested in how far they are from DC....


23 posted on 01/24/2013 4:57:55 AM PST by Quickgun (I got here kicking,screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I can go out that way if I have to)
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To: Lexinom

U235 is much easier to produce than plutonium.

There is a reason that China’s first bomb, South America’s bomb, India’s bomb, and Pakistan’s bomb were EU.

The primary benefit of a P239 bomb is they can be much smaller and boosted with fusion. If you goal is to blow up a city, you don’t need tactical weapons, just strategic.

Hence, why counties that have need for tactical nukes (e.g., US, Israel (shh!), England, and Russia) are the P239 business.

The arabs just want to nuke whole cities.


24 posted on 01/24/2013 7:51:29 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca
Correct. A volume of plutonium the size of a large egg is sufficient to wipe out a neighborhood...

As I understand it... plutonium is a waste byproduct of light water and (esp.) breeder reactors. The primary challenge with plutonium is it cannot be processed like uranium, which which when bound to florine produces uranium hexaflouride gas suitable tor the centrifuge. The presence of plutonium240 interrupts the nuclear chain reaction because of high spontaneous fission rate (more neutron activity), thereby increasing risk of spontaneous detonation - a Bad Thing :-)

That's why Pu needs the implosion mechanism.

The Arabs/Koreans/other nuclear yahoos should be well-served with the U235 gun mechanism (and would of course be well-served by our assymetrical retaliation using U235 and Pu239-derived weapons).

25 posted on 01/24/2013 2:22:33 PM PST by Lexinom
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To: Lexinom

The arab bomb design is not a gun mechanism.

It is an implosion device using U235.


26 posted on 01/28/2013 10:04:20 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca

Weird. I wonder why.


27 posted on 01/28/2013 11:22:34 AM PST by Lexinom
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To: Lexinom

“Weird. I wonder why”

Because, while a U235 implosion device is larger than a comparable yield Plutonium bomb, it is much smaller than a gun-type weapon and requires far less U235 for a viable warhead.

In short, easier to deliver on a missle, can make more with less.

Not weird at all.


28 posted on 01/30/2013 8:41:47 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca

Thanks for the explanation. Makes perfect sense now.


29 posted on 01/31/2013 1:14:03 AM PST by Lexinom
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