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  • Kambalny volcano erupts for first time since reign of Catherine the Great

    03/28/2017 9:02:33 AM PDT · 9 of 15
    TigerLikesRooster to FourtySeven

    I think so.

  • Kambalny volcano erupts for first time since reign of Catherine the Great

    03/28/2017 9:00:28 AM PDT · 7 of 15
    TigerLikesRooster to PGR88
    I once heard that it is a bear haven.
  • JAPANESE POLITICIANS WANT THE ABILITY TO BOMB NORTH KOREA FIRST BEFORE BEING 'DESTROYED'

    03/28/2017 8:59:19 AM PDT · 64 of 102
    TigerLikesRooster to Joe Boucher
    Well, the alternative is to live with Japanese nukes, a lot of them. It is their call.
  • Kambalny volcano erupts for first time since reign of Catherine the Great

    03/28/2017 8:37:23 AM PDT · 1 of 15
    TigerLikesRooster
  • JAPANESE POLITICIANS WANT THE ABILITY TO BOMB NORTH KOREA FIRST BEFORE BEING 'DESTROYED'

    03/28/2017 7:18:00 AM PDT · 60 of 102
    TigerLikesRooster to Joe Boucher
    It could be a whole new ball game. It is now up to China to get its act together and place stiff headlock around N. Korea's neck. However, I am not so optimistic. Communist regime tend to have inertia which is nearly impossible to break even when their long-standing dogma poses an imminent danger. I suspect that, when they finally change their mind, it would be too late to make any difference.

    They will end up triggering a strategic earthquake in E. Asia.

  • N. Korea conducted another rocket engine test last week: report

    03/28/2017 7:04:45 AM PDT · 18 of 20
    TigerLikesRooster to AdmSmith
    When the volcano goes off, it would be big. However, all news regarding this volcano seem to indicate that it will be a while before it happens. In the mean time, another possible scenario is appearing. That is, if NK tests their hydrogen bomb and the explosion breaks out of underground containment due to it power of blast, it could irradiate large area of North Eastern N. Korea and part of Manchuria.

    Kim Jong-un has been so cocky and confident(at least in public) that he will definitely push the envelope. From his point of view, he is so close to the ultimate prize, maybe less than a year away. I don't think he will slow down if U.S. and China go about their way as they do now: passing bucks, blaming each other, with no real action from either side.

  • JAPANESE POLITICIANS WANT THE ABILITY TO BOMB NORTH KOREA FIRST BEFORE BEING 'DESTROYED'

    03/28/2017 12:53:40 AM PDT · 25 of 102
    TigerLikesRooster to AmericanInTokyo

    N. Korea is gold mine of cartoonish villains perfect for movies. Without Kim family, any character close to them could have been dismissed as too cartoonish and extreme. They cannot do that because they are all real and alive.

  • JAPANESE POLITICIANS WANT THE ABILITY TO BOMB NORTH KOREA FIRST BEFORE BEING 'DESTROYED'

    03/27/2017 11:57:35 PM PDT · 18 of 102
    TigerLikesRooster to TigerLikesRooster
    From Global Times, China's propaganda attack dog:

    Firms deny exporting sensitive items to Iran

    By Li Xuanmin and Zhang Hongpei Source:Global Times Published: 2017/3/27 21:43:39

    US should be cautious of imposing unilateral sanction on China: expert

    Several Chinese companies which are on the US government sanction list for allegedly transferring sensitive items to Iran's missile program denied the accusations on Monday, claiming that their exports to Iran were just "normal products" and that they may prepare documents to appeal to the US' decision.

    The comments come after the US government published a statement on its website, announcing that "it has imposed sanctions on 30 foreign entities and individuals in 10 countries pursuant to the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act" on Tuesday.

    It also listed 11 entities that were sanctioned "specifically for transfers to Iran's missile program." Six Chinese enterprises including glass fiber producer Shenzhen Yataida High-tech and three Chinese citizens were on the list.

    The two-year sanctions, which took effect on Tuesday, bar US government departments from procuring any goods, services or technology from the designated businesses and individuals, according to the website of the US Department of State. It also specified that new licenses of those listed entities will be denied, and any existing licenses will be suspended.

    A spokeswoman for Yataida, surnamed Duan, said that they have not received any official documents from the US government. "I was not aware of the sanctions until my friends forwarded the list to me yesterday… I am quite confused right now," she said.

    Duan noted that her company's trade with Iran amounted to less than $100,000 in 2016, and that the export items were mainly low-tech products such as auto parts and fiberglass, which comply with China Customs regulations and have nothing to do with "transferring sensitive goods and technology" as claimed by the US government.

    "We are a small private company with about $1 million in annual revenue. Why are we accused of exporting controlled items that we are not involved with?" she asked.

    An employee surnamed Tang from Ningbo New Century Import and Export Limit, another Chinese company on the sanctions list, also told the Global Times Monday that the firm's business "does not involve equipment related to weapons of mass destruction."

    He refused to elaborate, saying only that some Chinese parties are dealing with the US over the matter.

    Duan said that her company is now in contact with the Shenzhen government, preparing relevant documents to appeal the decision.

    The trade ban would have limited impact on the Shenzhen company's business. "In 2016, our company did about $3,000 in business with clients in the US, which is a quite small number," she said. But she worried that US sanctions would potentially prompt other countries to follow suit.

    Other Chinese companies and individuals on the list include Beijing Zhong Ke Electric Co, Dalian Zenghua Maoyi Youxian Gongsi, Sinotech (Dalian) Carbon, Graphite Corp, Jack Qin, Jack Wang and Karl Lee. They have not responded to the interview requests of the Global Times by press time on Monday.

    Export misunderstandings

    This is not the first time that the US has gone after Chinese firms for shipping controlled items to Iran.

    Earlier in March, ZTE Corp agreed to pay nearly $900 million for illegally exporting US goods and technology to Iran, Reuters reported in March 8.

    Commenting on the matter, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a press briefing on the sidelines of the annual two sessions that China always opposes unilateral sanctions imposed by foreign governments on Chinese enterprises.

    "Export items for civilian purpose from these Chinese private companies are quite normal," Bai Ming, a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, told the Global Times on Monday. He noted that China and the US probably differ in the definition of civilian goods, and that there may be some misunderstanding on sensitive items.

    But Bai noted that as the US standard cannot be seen clearly, the country should be cautious on imposing sanctions on Chinese companies.

    The incident should be held for observation at the moment before reaching a final conclusion, given the fragmented reports and evidence offered, he warned, while suggesting active communication with the US is necessary.
  • JAPANESE POLITICIANS WANT THE ABILITY TO BOMB NORTH KOREA FIRST BEFORE BEING 'DESTROYED'

    03/27/2017 11:49:07 PM PDT · 14 of 102
    TigerLikesRooster to TigerLikesRooster
    Another development. PLA does this from time to time. Would it be any different this time?

    China conducts military exercise near N. Korea border amid escalating threats

    We are going to start today with news of some exercises by China.
    The Chinese government has released images of military drills conducted adjacent to its border with North Korea as the regime continues to make nuclear and missile threats.
    The state-run Chinese Network System reported Monday that a Chinese army unit stationed in the northeastern province of Jilin, conducted exercises near the border last Friday that were aimed at verifying the response time of its forces.
    Watchers say the move is a means of upping military readiness against growing signs of an imminent North Korean nuclear test or intercontinental ballistic missile launch.
  • JAPANESE POLITICIANS WANT THE ABILITY TO BOMB NORTH KOREA FIRST BEFORE BEING 'DESTROYED'

    03/27/2017 11:34:29 PM PDT · 7 of 102
    TigerLikesRooster to caww
    Japan has huge stockpile of weapon's grade plutonium. It is literally overflowing beyond their storage capacity. Some of it had to be shipped out to other countries for disposal. Now much of it could be finally put to use as nuclear warhead for missiles pointing at N. Korea and more importantly China.
  • JAPANESE POLITICIANS WANT THE ABILITY TO BOMB NORTH KOREA FIRST BEFORE BEING 'DESTROYED'

    03/27/2017 11:26:07 PM PDT · 4 of 102
    TigerLikesRooster to TigerLikesRooster
    Words from John Bolton:

    Possibilities for reunifying the Korean Peninsula

    The upside of success is enormous

    By John R. Bolton - - Monday, March 27, 2017

    ANALYSIS/OPINION:
    With North Korea threatening its sixth nuclear test, and the pace of its ballistic-missile tests quickening, Pyongyang’s global threat is ever more imminent. Twenty-five years of self-defeating American efforts to negotiate with the world’s only hereditary Communist dictatorship have, not surprisingly, proven fruitless.
  • JAPANESE POLITICIANS WANT THE ABILITY TO BOMB NORTH KOREA FIRST BEFORE BEING 'DESTROYED'

    03/27/2017 11:24:06 PM PDT · 2 of 102
    TigerLikesRooster to TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; endthematrix; ...

    P!

  • JAPANESE POLITICIANS WANT THE ABILITY TO BOMB NORTH KOREA FIRST BEFORE BEING 'DESTROYED'

    03/27/2017 11:23:31 PM PDT · 1 of 102
    TigerLikesRooster
    Liberal Democratic Party head Hiroshi Imazu and former defense chief Gen Nakatani

    This is basically an official statement from the highest level of Japanese government, which says, "Don't stop us if we move ahead." They are more than eager to do so.

  • N. Korea conducted another rocket engine test last week: report

    03/27/2017 5:13:06 PM PDT · 4 of 20
    TigerLikesRooster to TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; endthematrix; ...
    Here is another related news. A think-tank bought their new data analytics software to show what is essentially a no-brainer. I am not saying big data software is useless, but sometimes they are so eager to show it off by applying it to things which can be done without its help.

    N. Korea 50 pct likely to conduct nuclear or missile test in next 30 days: think tank

    WASHINGTON, March 27 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is 50 percent likely to conduct a nuclear test or a missile launch in the next 30 days, a U.S. think tank has predicted based on analysis of big data on the communist nation.

    "Beyond Parallel," a North Korea analysis project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), made the prediction after analyzing how often the North is discussed on the Internet in an effort to predict future possibilities, with a higher frequency meaning stronger "signals."

    "The prediction is showing that within the next 14 days the likelihood of North Korean WMD activity is 22 percent while within the next 30 days the likelihood of such activity is 50 percent," CSIS said in the report, adding that WMD activity refers to nuclear or missile tests.

    "After dropping off slightly following the March 22 failed missile launch, the 14-day exponential moving averages for the underlying signals bottomed out over the weekend and increased slightly Monday morning," the report said of the analysis conducted jointly with big data firm Predata.

    The report said that April will see a "high chance of North Korean actions."

    Over the last month, the North has carried out banned ballistic missile launches and a rocket engine test. The country has been showing signs of activity at its nuclear test site for what could be part of preparations for its sixth nuclear test.

  • N. Korea conducted another rocket engine test last week: report

    03/27/2017 5:02:38 PM PDT · 1 of 20
    TigerLikesRooster
  • 18 injured in Hong Kong mall after escalator reverses direction at high speed

    03/27/2017 4:30:24 AM PDT · 12 of 18
    TigerLikesRooster to MCF
    Make sense.
  • The Civil War is Here

    03/27/2017 1:57:28 AM PDT · 63 of 211
    TigerLikesRooster to TigerLikesRooster
    Correction: many of whomthem walked away from it
  • The Civil War is Here

    03/27/2017 1:52:10 AM PDT · 62 of 211
    TigerLikesRooster to wardaddy
    Well, if those boomers are still left/liberal, they can't be conservatives now, can they? People change over time, but it is a little disconcerting that they still have hang-ups when somebody points out what they did back then. We can stretch this way back to Karl Marx or French revolutionaries, but what is the point?

    Why is it that people refuse to repudiate their past even though they now realize that they were wrong?

    People frequently jump on a political tide which is set in motion before their time. It is troubling if they jump on in huge numbers and give it a decisive momentum. We all make choices. We cannot claim that we had no choice but sign up for it even if nobody put a gun in the head.

    It is interesting that those who used to say, “Do not trust anybody over 30,” now turn around to insist that they are sensible mainstream establishment guarding virtuous society. It is not you but lots of people from the same generation. It should not be difficult to separate yourself from them, including any shared connection with the past.

    Every sustained movement reaches a critical mass after which huge number of people start to participate and it turns into a tidal wave. The fact that the tide is so overwhelming does not mean that you have to embrace it since you can not actively resist it in public. The scale of liberal tidal wave in fact dramatically increased after 60’s and 70’s. Large public display of support for Mao, Yasser Arafat, and sundry of left-wing terrorists was common. Jane Fonda was one of their icons, and China's Cultural Revolution was supposedly to usher in a new utopia. Not a single day had passed by without another talk of uprising, revolution, bombing, and imminent collapse of capitalist order. The mood was deeply unsettling and always angry. If you lived at the time, you would have had no idea that you were living at the zenith of prosperity. Somehow every institution was wrong, and had to be destroyed. This was espoused by large number of people.

    You can claim that you were merely puppets hence free of any faults by being one of them during that time. That may be true. You could have changed and now be firmly against what you espoused. You could be now part of bulwark defending conservatism against liberal left.

    So why is it difficult to say that the movement you once embraced grew on a massive scale and is now destroying the society from within, and you repudiate the past? If you were not part of it and always opposed to it, you were not at fault as I made it clear in previous posts. There were people who went to Nam and got condemned for merely being drafted to fight the war there. There were people who spat on veterans returning from the war.

    If we track historical origin of some movement, it usually goes further back than we thought. Sometimes it goes way back. But there is a point when it is set in motion in earnest and that is usually viewed as a starting point. For example, when suddenly a huge number of people join. So many could view that moment as a real starting point.

    I am confining this argument to a segment of boomer generation who espoused liberal left politics. If they had changed, I no longer have anything against them. But it could be a problem if they tried to defend or play down what they did in the past. They were all active participants even though many of whom walked away from it.

    I don't understand why people attempt to conflate this with across-the-board condemnation of all boomer generation or what aging boomers are now.

  • The Civil War is Here

    03/27/2017 12:01:26 AM PDT · 42 of 211
    TigerLikesRooster to wardaddy
    It started with boomer liberals. There were a huge number of them especially in colleges. There were no real vocal opposition to the boomer left in campus. The boomer liberals completely owned the political narrative on campus. They grew and spread into many key institutions where they can indoctrinate later generations at ease. Naturally more left/liberals are found in later generations than boomers. But they got the ball rolling. Do not blame a handful of older master left wing revolutonaries like Chomsky. Likes of him wouldn't go anywhere unless there were lots of willing boomers.

    Who started massive anti-establishment pro-liberal movement? They did. Why don't you compare boomer liberals with previous generation than later generations who the boomer left brainwashed so successfully? They decided to break with previous generations and existing institutions in deliberate and organized manner. They are the ones who started the destruction which is ongoing today.

  • 18 injured in Hong Kong mall after escalator reverses direction at high speed

    03/26/2017 11:15:49 PM PDT · 6 of 18
    TigerLikesRooster to pepsionice
    If that is the case, I wonder what is a common design flaw to cause it.
  • 18 injured in Hong Kong mall after escalator reverses direction at high speed

  • 18 injured in Hong Kong mall after escalator reverses direction at high speed

    03/26/2017 11:01:48 PM PDT · 1 of 18
    TigerLikesRooster
  • The Civil War is Here

    03/26/2017 10:56:34 PM PDT · 17 of 211
    TigerLikesRooster to MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
    he woman had every right to wear the shirt

    Your granddaughter has every right to express her displeasure. In this case, there is no reason one freedom of expression should be sacrificed to protect the other.

  • The Civil War is Here

    03/26/2017 10:41:19 PM PDT · 15 of 211
    TigerLikesRooster to TigerLikesRooster
    one of them = (radical) liberal boomers.
  • The Civil War is Here

    03/26/2017 10:38:12 PM PDT · 14 of 211
    TigerLikesRooster to detective
    We have been fighting Jihad even before such a term has become fashionable. It is the leftist Jihad, not Muslim Jihad. You can't defeat it by economic policy discussions and elections alone. They have now taken over most government institutions. Now they pass themselves as 'rational mainstream' order fighting irrational stupid malcontents. This is rich considering that they were the ones who said,"Never trust anybody over 30's" and advocated dismantling all existing institutions back in 60's and 70's.

    It is our time to trust no elites and dismantle their authorities.

    PS: For those who cringe at any sign of boomer bashing, it does not apply to you if you were not one of them. If you were one of them and are no longer, don't be defensive. Some people are still subconsciously attach to the generational group identity. If you still has one, sever it now. It is not too late to do that.

  • Iran sanctions 15 U.S. firms, citing human rights abuses and Israel ties

    03/26/2017 5:43:16 AM PDT · 1 of 13
    TigerLikesRooster
  • U.S. think tank: N. Korea operating lithium-6 plant for hydrogen bombs

    03/26/2017 5:40:59 AM PDT · 36 of 39
    TigerLikesRooster to AdmSmith
    Maybe they have it there, but it is also possible that it is somewhere else underground.
  • U.S. think tank: N. Korea operating lithium-6 plant for hydrogen bombs

    03/25/2017 5:04:24 PM PDT · 20 of 39
    TigerLikesRooster to Blood of Tyrants
    Back then, people were laughed at by so-called experts for merely suggesting the possibility that NK is working on hydrogen bombs.
  • U.S. think tank: N. Korea operating lithium-6 plant for hydrogen bombs

    03/25/2017 4:40:01 PM PDT · 15 of 39
    TigerLikesRooster to SkyDancer
    They were recently seen digging a new tunnel which is supposed to run under a giant granite rock sitting at a mountain top. The rock is said to be 800m thick, which is said to be enough to contain up to 282 kt blast, which is 14 times more powerful than that of the last bomb they tested.
  • U.S. think tank: N. Korea operating lithium-6 plant for hydrogen bombs

    03/25/2017 4:21:28 PM PDT · 3 of 39
    TigerLikesRooster to TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; endthematrix; ...
    North Korea’s Lithium 6 Production for Nuclear Weapons

    by David Albright, Sarah Burkhard, Mark Gorwitz, and Allison Lach

    March 17, 2017

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    Available information strongly indicates that North Korea has built and is operating a lithium 6 production plant that is part of its nuclear weapons effort. The plant is suspected to be located at the Hungnam Chemical Complex near Hamhung on North Korea’s east coast. Lithium 6 is a critical raw material needed for the production of single-stage thermonuclear and boosted fission weapons. These findings add credibility to North Korea’s claims that it has been developing thermonuclear or boosted fission weapons, regardless of the actual status of those efforts. These findings also demonstrate long term planning and commitment to such weapons.

    For several years, North Korea has been concentrating on expanding and refurbishing its nuclear complex with the oft-stated goal of expanding the quantity and quality of its nuclear weapons. One aspect of that expansion has been its development of the capability to make thermonuclear materials. These materials when used in a fission-based nuclear weapon allow for much greater explosive yields and further miniaturization of nuclear weapons.

    A fundamental thermonuclear material for nuclear weapons is lithium 6, a soft, silver-white metal. When used as a target element in a reactor or a nuclear weapon, lithium 6 reacts with a neutron to produce tritium (T), the most important thermonuclear material for weapons. When tritium fuses with deuterium (D) it releases relatively large amounts of energy and neutrons, becoming a key reaction driving a thermonuclear explosion and leading to more efficient fissioning of the plutonium or weapon-grade uranium in a weapon.

    Based primarily on procurement data, North Korea appears to have built a lithium 6 production plant near the city of Hamhung on the east coast of North Korea. The existence of this plant adds credibility to North Korea’s claims that it has been working on thermonuclear weapons for several years. Armed with this plant, North Korea is in a far better position to deliver on its ability to improve the quality of its nuclear weapons by making crude types of thermonuclear or boosted fission weapons.

    One recent data point that supports that North Korea may have finished its lithium 6 production plant is the 2016 attempted online sale of lithium metal by North Korea.1 This attempted sale was discovered by Project Alpha at Kings College and, subsequently, investigated by the United Nations Panel on North Korea. It concluded: “This sales attempt suggests that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has access to remaining quantities of the material.”2

    Lithium 6 and Nuclear Weapons

    Lithium 6 is used in two main ways in thermonuclear weapons. It is irradiated in a reactor to make tritium, which is then separated and used directly in a nuclear weapon. In the case of North Korea, tritium is believed to be produced in either the 5 megawatt-electric (MWe) reactor or the IRT reactor at the Yongbyon site. Separation of the tritium from the lithium could occur at the Isotope Production Laboratory near the IRT reactor or in a new, larger facility being built in the Yongbyon fuel fabrication complex.3

    Lithium 6 can also be combined with deuterium and sometimes also tritium into weapon components for thermonuclear weapons. When fashioned into components of nuclear weapons, the lithium 6 creates a method using neutrons from the nuclear explosion to greatly magnify the number of D-T reactions. In essence, using an abundant background of neutrons, lithium 6 produces a copious supply of tritium that then fuses with deuterium, adding greatly to the explosive yield through its own reaction and more efficient fissioning of the plutonium or weapon-grade uranium in the weapon. Lithium in combination with deuterium and/or tritium can be used in either one or two stage nuclear weapons; a two stage weapon is the traditional H bomb, and a single stage weapon can have multiple designs, which have been called an onion or a layer cake design. North Korea is likely unable to produce two-stage thermonuclear weapons, but it may be developing single stage weapons. This design is easier to achieve than a two-stage weapon but can achieve very high explosive yields.

    In the case of North Korea, a single-stage thermonuclear device could use a plutonium core with lithium 6-deuterium and/or lithium 6-deuterium-tritium solid components. The device would also be expected to have shells of weapon-grade uranium. A British one-stage thermonuclear device tested in mid-1950s with a plutonium core had 100 kg of weapon-grade uranium in multiple shells and achieved an explosive yield of several hundred kilotons.

    Lithium 6, deuterium, and tritium have been combined into a solid tablet which is placed at the center of a fission weapon and used to amplify or boost the explosive yield of the weapon. South Africa researched this design in the 1980s during its nuclear weapons program. It involved a fission weapon with a lithium, deuterium, tritium solid tablet placed at its center. With this method, the yield can be boosted many-fold. South Africa investigated boosting the yield of its weapons in this manner from about 10-15 kilotons to about 60-100 kilotons.4

    Production of Lithium 6

    Lithium 6 is a stable isotope that exists in nature. However, it has a relatively low natural abundance of 7.56 percent in natural lithium, for the bulk of lithium is lithium 7. For use in nuclear weapons or tritium production, the lithium 6 fraction must be typically increased to 40-95 percent of the lithium via a chemical enrichment process. If the lithium 6 is for tritium production in a reactor, the fraction of the lithium 6 in the targets placed in the reactor is limited to about 40 percent to prevent failure of the targets. For use in nuclear weapons, a 95 percent fraction of lithium 6 is desirable.

    Based on a 2012 procurement order, according to government sources, North Korea is assessed to have procured the wherewithal to build a lithium 6 enrichment plant based on mercury-based lithium exchange, shortened here to mercury exchange. This method of enrichment has been used by nuclear weapon states, including the United States. Almost all lithium 6 produced by the United States was enriched by the mercury-based column exchange process (COLEX) from 1954 to 1963.5 South Africa also built a pilot plant using this method to make lithium 6 for its nuclear weapons program in the 1970s.6

    The mercury exchange process involves an amalgam of lithium and mercury which is made via electrolysis. Subsequently, the mercury lithium amalgam is mixed with an aqueous lithium hydroxide (LiOH) solution. Lithium 6 has a slightly higher affinity to mercury than lithium 7, so lithium 7 diffuses out of the amalgam more quickly than lithium 6, leaving the amalgam with increased, or enriched, concentration of lithium 6. The lithium 6 can be separated from the amalgam. The tailings fraction of Lithium 7 is electrolyzed from the aqueous solution of lithium hydroxide. Afterwards, the lithium hydroxide can be reused.

    What was procured? Most of the procurements were for industrial-scale equipment. Included in the order was metric tonne quantities of mercury and tens of kilograms of lithium hydroxide.

    Given the procurement of these two materials and the replacement of mercury with less harmful metals in many industrial processes, the purchase of mercury in combination with lithium hydroxide is a strong indicator that North Korea is using the chemicals in a mercury-dependent lithium 6 production process.

    The procurement evidence is reportedly contained in a 2012 North Korean contract to arrange the purchase of a wide range of industrial and lab-scale equipment and materials abroad in China. The purpose of the contract is not included but the list of goods, including the mercury and lithium hydroxide, implies they are for a lithium 6 enrichment plant using the mercury exchange method.

    The most likely site for the lithium 6 plant is the Hungnam Fertilizer Complex near the city of Hamhung in North Korea. The procurement contract had handwritten notes stating that the goods were needed urgently and the procurements involved the Hungnam complex. The Hungnam complex makes sense for a lithium 6 production plant. This site is involved in ammonia processing and fertilizer production, and has electrolysis facilities.

    We were unable to locate a lithium 6 production site at the Hungnam complex using commercial satellite imagery. Such a facility is not very distinctive in such a large complex (see figures 1 and 2). Moreover, equipment, which includes tanks and columns, would be brought into the building after the roof is installed. Nonetheless, by using historical Google Earth imagery, we could identify new construction in the period of 2009, 2012-2014, and 2016, which is identified in figures 1 and 2. However, it should be noted that the equipment may have been put into a refurbished building.

    We are unable to estimate lithium 6 output. But one would expect that North Korea would build a plant able to produce at least tens of kilograms of lithium 6 per year. This rate would allow both the use of lithium 6 in nuclear weapons and the production of many grams of tritium per year.

    Research and Development of Lithium 6 Production

    North Korea’s choice of the mercury exchange method is further supported by examining its scientific and engineering literature. North Korea has devoted considerable effort to the research and development of lithium 6.

    Analysis of open source literature reveals that North Korea has conducted theoretical and experimental research on this and other lithium 6 production processes since the 1990s.7 The mercury-dependent process is based on immersing a lithium-mercury-amalgam in lithium-containing solution, such as aqueous lithium hydroxide.

    Both cost and efficiency of the separation process depend on several factors, and many of them have been studied by North Korea. Among them are kinetic studies, which determine the speed of the process,9 and differences in experimental results and theoretical predictions.1 Except for the mercury and lithium components, the process includes many variables that North Korea can take advantage of to improve, re-scale, or disguise the enrichment.

    First, there are variables in the synthesis of the lithium-mercury amalgam, then there are variables during the isotope separation. One study shows that North Korea has used electrolysis of aqueous lithium hydroxide for the preparation of lithium-mercury amalgam at least on the laboratory scale.10 The following are a few variables from North Korea’s isotope separation studies: amalgam composition,11 solvents,12 column length and design,13 and stirring systems.14 Two of these studies show the common use of aqueous lithium hydroxide in the process.15 All this research comes on top of more general fluid mechanics studies.

    Studies on how these factors change when the individual process is repeated in an enrichment cascade have also been published. A 2004 journal article focused on the reasons why “concentrations of isotopes abnormally fluctuate with time in an […] enrichment cascade.”16 In this article, some references are made to unreported studies.

    Conclusion

    The length of time North Korea researched the mercury exchange process, combined with procurement data and the ease of making necessary sensitive procurements in China, provide strong evidence that North Korea has built a lithium 6 production plant. There is little reason to doubt that such a plant is operational. The recent attempt by North Korea to sell lithium 6 metal in China supports that conclusion and suggests that North Korea is making more lithium 6 than it needs in its nuclear weapons program. These findings add credibility to North Korea’s claims that it has been developing thermonuclear or boosted fission weapons, albeit likely crude ones that may still not work. But with more nuclear testing and time, North Korea is likely to succeed.  
  • U.S. think tank: N. Korea operating lithium-6 plant for hydrogen bombs

    03/25/2017 4:19:35 PM PDT · 1 of 39
    TigerLikesRooster
  • North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Possible Vehicles Located at Tunnel Entrance

    03/25/2017 3:57:59 PM PDT · 14 of 25
    TigerLikesRooster to TigerLikesRooster
    Correction: his major agendas are set in motion
  • North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Possible Vehicles Located at Tunnel Entrance

    03/25/2017 3:44:29 PM PDT · 13 of 25
    TigerLikesRooster to Tijeras_Slim
    Trouble with this site is that satellite images they are using are frequently dated. In case of last nuclear test by N. Korea, their Sept. 8 article was analyzing the ones taken on Aug. 27. The article did not say that the test was imminent. The test occurred on Sept. 9. So who knows how far along N. Korea's preparation is since this particular set of images was taken? While the last one was done on a landmark anniversary, that was not always the case. So it could happen sooner than the next landmark anniversary, Apr. 15.
  • North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Possible Vehicles Located at Tunnel Entrance

    03/25/2017 3:12:55 PM PDT · 11 of 25
    TigerLikesRooster to LeoWindhorse
    Trump may feel that he does not want to dive headlong into the showdown with N. Korea before he is confident that his major agendas set in motion and gain strong momentum, which ranges from immigration to healthcare to economy. Showdown does not necessarily mean direct military action to N. Korea. It could also mean forceful action against China while the former is not ruled out.

    However, intransigence of China and brazenness of N. Korea could force his hand. In China's case, they may resort to stalling and dragging their feet, while encouraging appeasement crowd in Foggy Bottom to step up and ultimately neutralizing any decisive resolution.

    I think he doesn't want to be remembered as a president who allowed N. Korea to be a full-blown nuclear power which can directly threaten and casually push around U.S.. Since previous administrations share most of blame for letting this crisis fester and metastasize, this label would be unfair to him, but Dems will hang this around his neck and make it stick. Dems are eager to deal a blow to his leadership and make him less effective, painting him as another waffling leader. He has limited window of opportunity to act. Either he takes care of it this year or it may be out of his reach.

  • North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Possible Vehicles Located at Tunnel Entrance

    03/25/2017 1:26:07 PM PDT · 2 of 25
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  • North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Possible Vehicles Located at Tunnel Entrance

    03/25/2017 1:25:27 PM PDT · 1 of 25
    TigerLikesRooster
  • Several injured in shooting in Lille, France

    03/24/2017 9:09:58 PM PDT · 5 of 39
    TigerLikesRooster to MtnClimber

    Local florists and candle stores will have brisk business.

  • North Korea will launch another nuclear test in next few days, officials say

    03/24/2017 6:50:56 AM PDT · 2 of 13
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  • North Korea will launch another nuclear test in next few days, officials say

    03/24/2017 6:50:07 AM PDT · 1 of 13
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  • [N.Korea]Kim Jong Un may be behind biggest bank heist in history

    03/22/2017 11:03:05 PM PDT · 2 of 14
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  • [N.Korea]Kim Jong Un may be behind biggest bank heist in history

    03/22/2017 11:02:38 PM PDT · 1 of 14
    TigerLikesRooster
    No good enough. NK should aim higher. Steal money from Xi Jinping's bank account or U.S. Fed. Power-that-be will see it as a bigger affront than NK ICBM's hitting several cities in U.S. or China, which could finally force them to act.
  • [N.Korea]Who Killed Kim Jong Nam? Son Of Ex-North Korean Envoy To Vietnam Is Mastermind, Report Says

    03/22/2017 10:52:25 PM PDT · 4 of 5
    TigerLikesRooster to equaviator

    They are in jail, awaiting their trial.

  • Why President Trump's abysmal popularity rating won't hurt him

    03/22/2017 10:50:56 PM PDT · 8 of 30
    TigerLikesRooster to jospehm20
    Of course. They won't stop it even if Trump has spectacular success. He has to go after them soon. There are so many indictment materials on them. Let them spend all their time on their legal defense. Otherwise they continue to throw things at him until one of them sticks. In time one of them will.
  • Why President Trump's abysmal popularity rating won't hurt him

    03/22/2017 10:26:05 PM PDT · 2 of 30
    TigerLikesRooster to 2ndDivisionVet
    In other words, Establishment is stuck with him. Too bad.
  • [N.Korea]Who Killed Kim Jong Nam? Son Of Ex-North Korean Envoy To Vietnam Is Mastermind, Report Says

    03/22/2017 10:21:54 PM PDT · 2 of 5
    TigerLikesRooster to TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; endthematrix; ...
    Jong Nam murder suspect caught playing snooker in embassy

    KUALA LUMPUR: A man wanted by the police to facilitate investigations into last month’s murder of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was recorded busy playing snooker at the North Korean Embassy here.

    On Monday, All-Nippon News Network (ANN News), operated by Asahi TV, aired the one-minute video footage showing the suspect resembling Kim Uk Il, busy playing the game with a few others on the second floor of the embassy building in Jalan Batai, Bukit Damansara.


    Video of the Suspect Playing Snooker


    Probe by N. Korean agents illegal, says IGP

    KUALA LUMPUR: Any parallel investigation into the murder of Kim Jong-Nam by any party, needs the clearance of the police or it will be deemed illegal, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

    He said that any investigation that goes on in the country whether they are foreign agents or even legal authorities, needs the clearance of the police.

    "If they want to investigate anyone for that matter, not only agents and spies, even legal authorities need our (police) clearance," he said.

    When asked if independent probes were illegal, Khalid said: "It is illegal because they are not empowered no powers to question people no powers to look into documents,"

    He was saying this in response to a report that North Korean agents are conducting their own parallel investigation in Malaysia into the incident after Malaysian police rejected their proposal for a joint probe into the murder.


    Report: Kim Jong Nam assassination cripples North Korea businesses

    March 22 (UPI) -- Southeast Asian sources of North Korea foreign currency earnings are rapidly dwindling in the aftermath of the assassination of Kim Jong Un's older half brother Kim Jong Nam.

    Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai reported Wednesday the development is part of a larger trend that has culminated in the shutdown of 130 North Korea-operated restaurants in China and in Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia.
  • [N.Korea]Who Killed Kim Jong Nam? Son Of Ex-North Korean Envoy To Vietnam Is Mastermind, Report Says

    03/22/2017 10:12:48 PM PDT · 1 of 5
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  • Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Racist Game Designer No Longer Works For BioWare (SJW in flames)

    03/21/2017 11:31:00 PM PDT · 1 of 18
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  • North Korea's latest missile test has failed, Seoul says

    03/21/2017 9:12:36 PM PDT · 26 of 42
    TigerLikesRooster to BeadCounter
    If they launch their missiles from their East Coast and out to sea, they are launching toward Japan. Japan is shaped like a fence enclosing a body of water on the Eastern side of Korean Peninsula.
  • North Korea's latest missile test has failed, Seoul says

    03/21/2017 8:42:59 PM PDT · 16 of 42
    TigerLikesRooster to bigbob
    That is what an initial report says.
  • North Korea's latest missile test has failed, Seoul says

    03/21/2017 8:41:00 PM PDT · 13 of 42
    TigerLikesRooster to VanShuyten
    Initial reports indicate that the missile(s) is fired in Wonsan area. This is a place they usually launch their mobile IRBM’s.