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  • North Korean Nuclear Site Steps up Activities ahead of Obama's South Korea Visit

    04/21/2014 5:07:15 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    IBTimes ^ | April 21, 2014 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    North Korean Nuclear Site Steps up Activities ahead of Obama's South Korea Visit By Vasudevan Sridharan April 21, 2014 09:41 GMT North Korea is believed to have stepped up activities at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site ahead of US President Barack Obama's two-day visit to South Korea from 26 April. "The Punggye-ri nuclear test site has shown increased movement of vehicles and forces compared to the past. South Korean and US forces have been closely monitoring the latest development to detect signs of another test," a senior South Korean military official told Yonhap news agency. North Korea had earlier threatened...
  • N. Korea unlikely to conduct nuclear test for several months

    Yonhap News Agency December 21, 2013 1:16pm N. Korea unlikely to conduct nuclear test for several months WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is not likely to conduct another nuclear test anytime soon, a U.S. institute said Friday, citing recent satellite images that showed ongoing construction work at the only known nuclear test site in the reclusive country. The assessment by 38 North, a website by the U.S. Korea Institute of Johns Hopkins University, comes as recent satellite images showed construction work underway to build new a tunnel at the nuclear test site that can be used to detonate...
  • N. Korea ready for 4th nuclear test, yet no imminent sign: Seoul

    11/16/2013 4:47:04 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2013/11/15 | Kim Eun-jung
    N. Korea ready for 4th nuclear test, yet no imminent sign: Seoul 2013/11/15 13:58 By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is ready to conduct another nuclear test, but no imminent sign has been detected at its main site in the northeastern tip, South Korea's defense ministry said Friday. South Korea's vice defense minister Baek Seung-joo briefed lawmakers of the ruling Saenuri Party on the condition of the Punggye-ri test site in its northeastern region during a meeting of the special security committee on North Korea's nuclear weapons amid rising speculation over another test. The southern tunnel...
  • DOJ invoked Espionage Act in calling Fox News reporter criminal 'co-conspirator'

    05/22/2013 6:11:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/22/2013 | Judson Berger
    The Justice Department did more than seize a Fox News reporter's emails while suggesting he was a criminal "co-conspirator" in a leak case -- it did so under one of the most serious wartime laws in America, the Espionage Act. It's the same law used by the Nixon administration to go after The New York Times and Daniel Ellsberg over the leak of the Pentagon Papers. It's the law used to charge the Rosenbergs, American communists, for allegedly passing secret information to the Soviet Union -- they were executed for the offense in 1953. One Washington attorney, who represents two...
  • China: North Korea Could Carry Out Fourth Nuclear Test

    04/25/2013 6:49:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    VOA News ^ | April 22, 2013 | William Ide
    China: North Korea Could Carry Out Fourth Nuclear Test William Ide April 22, 2013 BEIJING — A top military official in China says it is possible North Korea could carry out a fourth nuclear test.
  • U.S. tracking N. Korean ship with banned military equipment: CBS News

    10/19/2006 4:57:04 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 251 replies · 12,467+ views
    Kyodo ^ | Oct 19
    U.S. intelligence has detected the departure from a North Korean port of a North Korean ship suspected of carrying military equipment banned under a U.N. sanctions resolution against Pyongyang's Oct. 9 nuclear test, CBS News reported Thursday. The United States is tracking the ship, CBS said, noting that it remains uncertain exactly what the ship is carrying and where it is headed.
  • Photos from the World’s First Underwater Nuclear Explosion

    02/24/2013 10:42:21 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 37 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | February 18, 2013 | Michael Zhang
    In 1946, the United States conducted a series of nuclear weapon tests at Bikini Atoll in what’s known as Operation Crossroads. A total of two bombs were detonated to test the effects nuclear blasts had on naval warships. The second, named Baker, was the world’s first nuke to be detonated underwater. Due to the unique properties of underwater explosions, the Baker test produced a number of unique photographs that the world had never seen before.
  • Exclusive: North Korea tells China of preparations for fresh nuclear test(2 nukes and 1 rocket)

    02/15/2013 6:48:02 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | Benjamin Kang Lim
    Exclusive: North Korea tells China of preparations for fresh nuclear test By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING | Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:31am EST (Reuters) - North Korea has told its key ally, China, that it is prepared to stage one or even two more nuclear tests this year in an effort to force the United States into diplomatic talks with Pyongyang, said a source with direct knowledge of the message. Further tests could also be accompanied this year by another rocket launch, said the source who has direct access to the top levels of government in both Beijing and Pyongyang....
  • North Korea conducts nuclear test: South Korea defense ministry

    02/11/2013 10:39:17 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1 hour 35 minutes ago | REUTERS
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea's defence ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9 magnitude was registered by the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicentre of the seismic activity, which was only one km below the Earth's surface, was close to the North's known nuclear test site. "We've been informed by the South Koreans that there's been a (North Korean) nuclear test," a U.N. Security Council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. An international nuclear test monitoring agency said the location of the seismic event was "roughly congruent with" 2006 and 2008 tests...
  • Seismic Activity Reported in North Korea

    02/11/2013 7:28:44 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 108 replies
    Uh-oh. RT @W7VOA: Seismic activity detected in #DPRK... believed to be "man-made" per various #ROK sources.
  • M5.1 - 24km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea (Probable Nuke Test)

    02/11/2013 7:26:05 PM PST · by Strategerist · 52 replies
    US Geological Survey ^ | February 11, 2012
    Event Time 2013-02-12 02:57:51 UTC 2013-02-12 11:57:51 UTC+09:00 at epicenter 2013-02-11 21:57:51 UTC-05:00 system time Location 41.299°N 129.081°E depth=1.0km (0.6mi) Nearby Cities 24km (15mi) ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea 34km (21mi) WNW of Hau-ri, North Korea 42km (26mi) NNW of Kilju, North Korea 51km (32mi) WSW of Hoemul-li, North Korea 378km (235mi) NE of Pyongyang, North Korea Related Links View location in Google Maps
  • N. Korea says world mistakenly interprets its "important measures" as nuclear test

    02/10/2013 6:20:26 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2013/02/10
    2013/02/10 14:08 KST N. Korea says world mistakenly interprets its "important measures" as nuclear test SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's planned important measures may not refer to a third nuclear test, a state propaganda outlet has suggested, adding to the confusion over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. "The U.S. and hostile forces jumped to conclusions that the republic is planning the third nuclear test, citing their hypothesis and argument," the propaganda weekly Tongil Sinbo said Friday in an article posted on a Web site operated by the North. The weekly said the U.S. and other countries know little about what...
  • North could use uranium for test; tunnel site located(tunnel spec photo)

    02/04/2013 5:33:08 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 02/05/2013 | Kim Hee-jin
    North could use uranium for test; tunnel site located Feb 05,2013 South Korea’s Defense Ministry released a tunnel map from captured footage by the North’s official Korean Central Television. The Defense Ministry analyzed the map, which shows the tunnel on the western side of the nuclear test site, where they think the second test was carried out. Provided by the Defense Ministry While the international community waits for Pyongyang to press the button for its third nuclear test, South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan said the regime could use uranium fuel this time. Kim attended a meeting of the National...
  • Is N.Korea Planning 2 Nuke Tests? (two tunnels ready)

    02/03/2013 6:34:36 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 2013/02/04
    Is N.Korea Planning 2 Nuke Tests? North Korea has virtually finished preparations for nuclear tests in two tunnels at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Hamgyong Province, observers believe. A South Korean government source said analysis of satellite images showed brisk activity of support vehicles and personnel at a tunnel on the southern side of the test site, and on Saturday the area was cleaned and personnel left. Intelligence agencies suspect that this means a nuclear test is imminent. Preparations at a tunnel on the western side of the site were apparently completed earlier. The government here is now...
  • N. Korea: North Disguising Test Site Activities(roof-shaped screen)

    02/02/2013 4:20:50 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    DailyNK ^ | 2013-02-01 | Mok Yong Jae
    North Disguising Test Site Activities By Mok Yong Jae [2013-02-01 21:07 ] North Korea has installed a screen over the entrance to one of the test tunnels at its nuclear test site in Kilju County, North Hamkyung Province, inhibiting intelligence gathering activities and raising fears of an impending nuclear detonation. A government source explained today, “It is believed that a roof-shaped obstruction has been installed. It appears to be a measure to stop leaks of information on preparations for a nuclear test, which are currently in their final stages.” A second source went on, “It is one way for North...
  • N.Korea 'Poised to Conduct Nuclear Test'

    01/31/2013 5:27:58 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | February 1, 2013
    N.Korea 'Poised to Conduct Nuclear Test' North Korea appears to have completed preparations for a nuclear test with the installation of measuring equipment near the entrance of an underground test site in Pungye-ri, North Hamgyong Province, a senior government official here said Thursday. South Korea and the U.S. are considering military steps in addition to diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions if the North goes ahead with the test. President Lee Myung-bak convened an emergency meeting with diplomatic and security officials on Thursday morning to discuss Seoul's options. In a statement issued after the meeting, the government said, "If North Korea...
  • (LEAD) N. Korea completes preparations for nuclear test (tunnel sealed, cables out)

    01/23/2013 7:23:02 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2013/01/23 | Kim Eun-jung
    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.
  • Kyodo: N. Korea May Conduct Nuke Test within One Week(Russia says)

    04/25/2012 6:53:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Arirang News ^ | 04/26/12
    Kyodo: N. Korea May Conduct Nuke Test within One Week With the international community keeping a close eye on North Korea's next move after its attempted rocket launch earlier this month, speculation is rising that the regime might be very close to conducting a third nuclear test. Citing a Russian security official Japan's Kyodo News reported Wednesday that Pyeongyang's nuclear test was imminent. The official said that although no details can be revealed, there is concrete background backing up such speculation. He added that Russia would be very disappointed if North Korea went ahead with the test just 100 kilometers...
  • 'N. Korea nuclear test may come within 2 weeks'

    04/23/2012 2:14:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/21/12
    'N. Korea nuclear test may come within 2 weeks' By JPOST.COM STAFF 21/04/2012 S. Korean paper quotes gov't source as saying it is "highly likely" that North has installed a nuclear device inside tunnel. After carrying out two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, North Korea has completed preparations for a third such nuclear test, which could take place within two weeks, AFP reported Saturday, citing South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo. Satellite images show an underground tunnel has been built at the site of North Korea's two previous nuclear tests. "Heaps of earth and sand which had been piled up...
  • Obama worshipers fell all over themselves when he offered food to N Korea. Wonder how they feel now?

    04/14/2012 8:14:53 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 15 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 14, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    In researching Island Turtle’s article on the folly of President Obama’s agreement to buy the same horse twice (actually the third or fourth time is more accurate) with his 240 kilotons of food, for 8 months of good behavior (until the election) by Kim Jong-un, I was bowled over by the obsequious praise of The One by NY Times readers. It took only two weeks for young Kim to announce he was breaking the deal and 6 weeks to launch the rocket which ended in failure. And it now appears he will detonate a nuclear weapon to add an exclamation...
  • How failed North Korea rocket could lead to a fresh nuclear test

    04/12/2012 8:07:09 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    CSMonitor ^ | 04/12/12 | Don Kirk
    How failed North Korea rocket could lead to a fresh nuclear test The UN Security Council is likely to rap North Korea for its rocket launch, and a defiant North Korea could respond with a nuclear test – following By Don Kirk, Correspondent / April 12, 2012 North Korea’s vaunted long-range Unha 3 rocket roared off its launch pad early Friday, broke into several pieces and plunged into the Yellow Sea between South Korea and China slightly more than one minute later, South Korean defense officials said. /snip North Korea is also expected to remain defiant while the United Nations...
  • N. Korea prepping for nuclear test: intelligence official

    04/08/2012 12:18:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/08/12
    N. Korea prepping for nuclear test: intelligence official SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is believed to be gearing up for a nuclear test, an intelligence official said Sunday, a move certain to fuel the already high tensions over its planned long-range rocket launch. Satellite images show the communist nation digging a new tunnel underground in the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the country's northeast, where it conducted two previous nuclear tests, first in 2006 and then in 2009. The construction is believed to be in its final stage, the official said. "North Korea is making clandestine preparations for...
  • Isotopes hint at North Korean nuclear test(fusion boost test in 2010?)

    Isotopes hint at North Korean nuclear test Data suggest that the country has experimented with a fusion boost to its fission weapons. Geoff Brumfiel 03 February 2012 /snip Isotope detective De Geer’s theory rests on the detection of several short-lived radioisotopes that are generated during man-made nuclear processes. Ratios of xenon-133 and xenon-133m (a higher-energy, ‘metastable’ form of the isotope) point towards an explosion in mid-April. The ratio of more short-lived isotopes — barium-140 and its radioactive decay product lanthanum-140 — pointed to a second test around 11 May. Indeed, the presence of barium-140 can be explained only by a...
  • North Korea may conduct 3rd nuclear test if talks remain stalled

    10/08/2011 6:37:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    North Korea may conduct 3rd nuclear test if talks remain stalled SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea might conduct a third nuclear test or again test-launch a long-range missile if the six-party talks on its denuclearization are not resumed, a senior South Korean presidential aide told a security forum Friday. "I think that North Korea could test-launch a long-range missile or conduct a third nuclear test if denuclearization talks with South Korea and the U.S. fail," Kim Tae Hyo, deputy national security advisor to President Lee Myung Bak, was quoted as saying by Yonhap News Agency. North Korea conducted nuclear tests...
  • [N. Korea] US Researcher:N. Korea's 3rd Nuke Test Likely to be HEU

    06/06/2011 1:47:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Arirang News ^ | 06/06/11
    US Researcher:N. Korea's 3rd Nuke Test Likely to be HEU A senior US researcher says it is highly likely Pyeongyang will test a highly enriched uranium bomb for its third nuclear test and that Kim Jong-il will never give up nuclear weapons. At the 2011 Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore Sunday, Jonathan Pollack of the Brookings Institute wrote in a report that North Korea has a well planned nuclear program that the leadership deems a vital component of the regime's survival. Saying neither the US nor China can force North Korea to give up nuclear weapons, Pollack added that Pyeongyang's dependence...
  • N. Korea Digging Several Tunnels at Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

    02/19/2011 5:55:31 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Chosun Ilb ^ | 02/20/11
    /begin my summary N. Korea Digging Several Tunnels at Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site At least 2 or 3 of them. L-shaped tunnels. Digging several of them to find the best one for the test. Clear indication of conducting 3rd nuclear test. /end my summary
  • Activity at N.Korean Nuclear Sites Sparks Frenzied Speculation(unabated digging of tunnel)

    12/14/2010 6:19:53 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 4+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 12/15/10
    Activity at N.Korean Nuclear Sites Sparks Frenzied Speculation North Korea has dug a new tunnel more than 500 m deep at a nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province, intelligence sources said Tuesday. The North is also reportedly accelerating massive excavation work and construction of a new building at its main nuclear site in Yongbyon. "North Korea seems to be busy digging even in winter when the ground is frozen" at Punggye-ri and Yongbyon, an intelligence officer said. Based on an estimate of the amount of earth dug up, the intelligence officer speculated that the North has already dug...
  • Japanese media allege NK preparing nuke test

    11/17/2010 7:55:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies
    The Korean Times ^ | 11/17/2010 | Kim Se-jeong
    Japan’s Sankei Shimbun reported Wednesday that North Korea may be making preparations for a possible third nuclear test. The newspaper published satellite imagery from the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear site, which it alleged showed work toward the test in progress. The daily quoted an expert as saying, “Based on what’s been shown in the photos, it is clear that North Korea is preparing for a new experiment. Chances are high that something will happen in the next six months.” The report followed comments by Siegfried Hecker, a former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Charles Jack Pritchard, a former...
  • N. Korea Possibly Preparing for 3rd Nuclear Test(digging tunnels, moving dirts)

    11/16/2010 7:05:09 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Arirang News ^ | 11/17/20
    N. Korea Possibly Preparing for 3rd Nuclear Test It is being reported that North Korea is possibly preparing for another nuclear test. According to Japan's Sankei Shimbun on Wednesday IHS Jane's, a British open-source intelligence provider to militaries, said that there is a high possibility that the communist state is preparing for its third nuclear test after analyzing satellite imagery. IHS Jane's has confirmed that Pyeongyang is excavating a tunnel near the area where it conducted its second nuclear test in May of last year and that it has detected active movements of vehicles around the site. The paper also...
  • Is N.Korea Preparing for Another Nuke Test?(activities in nuke test site)

    10/20/2010 6:19:37 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/21/10
    Is N.Korea Preparing for Another Nuke Test? A U.S. reconnaissance satellite has detected signs of North Korea preparing for a nuclear test in North Hamgyong Province, where it had conducted two earlier tests in October 2006 and May 2009. A South Korean government source on Wednesday said "brisk movement" of vehicles and people has been detected in Punggye-ri recently, including signs of activity there to repair a tunnel that collapsed after the two earlier nuclear tests. However, it seems unlikely that the North will conduct a third nuclear test in the immediate future since current activities there suggest it will...
  • N. Korea:The Pyongyang Playbook(nuke test likely; What's Zero's response?)

    09/01/2010 7:00:09 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 1+ views
    August 26, 2010 SNAPSHOT The Pyongyang Playbook The Case for Strategic Patience Sung-Yoon Lee SUNG-YOON LEE is Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. /snip In fact, Pyongyang's methods have been remarkably consistent since the early 1960s, when Kim Il Sung, the nation’s founding dictator and its current leader’s father, purged all potential rivals and consolidated power. Its strategy has been to lash out at its enemies when it perceives them to be weak or distracted, up the ante in the face of international condemnation (while blaming external scapegoats), and...
  • N. Korea may conduct 3rd nuclear test: defector

    08/08/2010 10:06:03 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/07/10
    N. Korea may conduct 3rd nuclear test: defector SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea will not abandon its nuclear ambitions despite international sanctions, and may conduct its third nuclear test in the near future, a former senior North Korean official said in an interview aired Saturday. "North Korea believes nuclear arms are its most important defensive tool, and the country will not abandon its nuclear ambitions," Hwang Jang-yop said in an interview with the South Korean national broadcaster KBS.Data picture Hwang was interviewed by KBS on July 23, and KBS aired it on Saturday. Hwang, a former secretary of...
  • N.Korea Mouthpiece Threatens Another Nuclear Test

    07/26/2010 9:30:42 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/27/10
    N.Korea Mouthpiece Threatens Another Nuclear Test A North Korean mouthpiece in Japan on Monday issued a thinly veiled threat of another nuclear test by the North, which is peeved by a massive South Korea-U.S. naval exercise in the East Sea. The Choson Sinbo newspaper said the North "regards a nuclear test as an essential procedural requirement to gain a nuclear deterrent. In the past, it has not hesitated to conduct a test if it decided it needed one." The newspaper recalled that the North pledged to "step up nuclear deterrence." "Less than a year in power, the Obama administration led...
  • Program debugs nuclear test simulations

    06/03/2010 8:32:24 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 253+ views
    UPI via Space Daily ^ | 6/3/2010 | UPI via Space Daily
    U.S. scientists say they have created an automated program designed to "debug" the nation's nuclear test computer simulations. Purdue University researchers, working with scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, said their program, called AutomaDeD (pronounced like automated), finds errors in computer code for complex "parallel" programs. Because international treaties forbid the detonation of nuclear test weapons, certification is done using complex simulations. The researchers said such simulations, which may contain as many as 100,000 lines of computer code, must accurately show reactions taking place on the scale of milliseconds, or thousandths of a second. "The simulations take several weeks...
  • N. Korea Could Have their Third Nuclear Test in May or June (SK's YTN)

    04/19/2010 11:23:29 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 754+ views
    YTN (S. Korea) ^ | 04/20/10
    /being my translation N. Korea Could Have their Third Nuclear Test in May or June 2010-04-20 13:33 It is said to be likely that N. Korea could conduct their third nuclear test in May or June. As prospects dim for 6-party talks due to the sinking of Cheonan, this would further raise tension in Korean Peninsula. Kim Seung-jae reporting from Beijing [Report] According to credible diplomatic sources on N. Korea, it has been secretly preparing for their third nuclear test since last February. It is their understanding that it would conduct the third nuclear test next month or in June....
  • N. Korea's 2nd nuclear test site pinpointed in new study

    01/10/2010 12:35:44 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 561+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 1/10/2009 | Sam Kim
    Two U.S.-based scientists said Sunday they've located the site of North Korea's second nuclear test last year more precisely than ever before, pinpointing it just 2 kilometers off the place where the first test was conducted in 2006. Lianxing Wen, a geophysics professor at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, and his graduate student, Hui Long, located the epicenter of the second nuclear test on May 5 last year with a margin of error of only 140 meters, compared with 3.8 kilometers achieved by the U.S. Geological Survey. "We locate the 2009 test at 723 meters north...
  • North Korea may conduct nuclear test, while calling for peace

    01/02/2010 10:31:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 434+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/30/2009 | Lee Jong-Heon
    North Korea is likely to conduct a nuclear test next year in an attempt to boost itself as an atomic power and shore up the regime's legitimacy at home as Pyongyang prepares for a dynastic power transfer, South Korea's state-run think tank warns. North Korea is also expected to launch more long-range ballistic missiles and provoke military clashes along the heavily fortified border with South Korea, the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses said in its 2010 outlook. North Korea conducted its second nuclear test last May following its first in 2006, which led to tougher trade and financial sanctions by...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong Il Reportedly Calls for Third Nuclear Test(uranium bomb: on 9/20 or 10/10?)

    09/12/2009 7:28:43 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 734+ views
    Fox News ^ | 09/12/09
    Kim Jong Il Reportedly Calls for Third Nuclear Test Saturday , September 12, 2009 North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, during his most recent meeting with party and military leaders, reportedly gave instructions that the reclusive regime prepare for a third nuclear test, this time using enriched uranium, according to reports from Free Radio of North Korea, based in South Korea. Kim "emphasized the importance of improvement of nuclear technologies with the aim of attracting the U.S. to direct bilateral talks," according to the radio station's source. The meeting during which this order was reportedly given took place on Aug....
  • US nuclear gurus see signs of more Indian nuclear tests

    08/27/2009 9:07:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 744+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 28 August 2009 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    US nuclear gurus see signs of more Indian nuclear tests Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN 28 August 2009, 05:24am IST WASHINGTON: US nuclear pundits feel the Indian establishment -- political, scientific, or both in concert – may be lining up to conduct more nuclear tests to validate and improve the country’s arsenal before the Obama administration shuts the door on nuclear explosions. ''You bet he wants to test again,'' said Henry Sokolski, Executive Director of the Washington DC-based Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, when asked about the remarks from a key Indian nuclear scientist suggesting India’s thermonuclear test was not up to mark....
  • North Korea's May nuclear test few kilotons: U.S.

    06/15/2009 3:26:10 PM PDT · by Flavius · 14 replies · 591+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 6/15/09 | reuteurs
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has determined that the nuclear test conducted by North Korea last month yielded an explosion of a few kilotons, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence said on Monday. "The U.S. intelligence community assesses that North Korea probably conducted an underground nuclear explosion in the vicinity of Punggye on May 25, 2009," the office said in a statement. "The explosion yield was approximately a few kilotons." North Korea's first nuclear test, in 2006, was about one kiloton. Shortly after this year's blast, Russia said it estimated the explosion at about 20 kilotons,...
  • N. Korea: Spies beef up surveillance of 11 sites for nuke test (3rd nuke test)

    06/14/2009 12:58:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 836+ views
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 06/15/09 | Lee Young-jong
    Spies beef up surveillance of 11 sites for nuke test June 15, 2009 South Korean and U.S. intelligence officials have ratcheted up their monitoring of 11 underground facilities in North Korea after reports of a third possible North Korean nuclear test, sources told the JoongAng Ilbo. An intelligence source said the test would be in response to the recent United Nations Security Council’s resolution that condemns the North’s second nuclear test on May 25 and imposes tough sanctions on Pyongyang. According to the source, South Korea and the United States are using KH-12 spy satellites to monitor vehicle movements. They’re...
  • SKorea braces for 3rd nuclear test by North Korea

    06/12/2009 4:03:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 582+ views
    AP ^ | 06/12/09 | KWANG-TAE KIM
    SKorea braces for 3rd nuclear test by North Korea By KWANG-TAE KIM, Associated Press Writer Fri Jun 12, 3:52 am ET SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea was bracing for a possible third nuclear test by the North, which a U.S. official said was likely despite looming U.N. sanctions on the communist state for its previous test in May. Given the North's track record of provocative behavior and defiance of the United Nations, "common sense" would dictate that it is preparing for another nuclear test, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Won Tae-jae told reporters Friday. He said the test was...
  • Was N. Korea`s 2nd Nuke Test Faked?

    06/03/2009 9:01:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 832+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 06/04/09
    Was N. Korea`s 2nd Nuke Test Faked? JUNE 04, 2009 08:20 Suspicion is rising over whether North Korea really conducted a nuclear test last week since no krypton-85, a radioactive material produced after an atomic detonation, has been detected. Radioactive materials not found in nature such as krypton-85 and xenon-135 are released after a nuclear test. Krypton-85 remains in the air for several decades and thus presents clear evidence of a nuclear test. In October 2006, a U.S. WC-135 scout plane detected radioactive materials over the East Sea a couple of days after the North conducted its first nuclear test....
  • A Nuclear Asia From End To End (Chia Head's gift for the world)

    05/29/2009 9:15:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 324+ views
    Forbes ^ | 05/29/09 | Gordon G. Chang
    A Nuclear Asia From End To End Gordon G. Chang, 05.29.09, 12:01 AM ET On Tuesday, Chosun Ilbo, South Korea's most widely read newspaper, urged Seoul to build its own long-range missiles and atomic bombs. "North Korea claims its rationale for having nuclear weapons is to defend itself," the broadsheet editorialized. "South Korea too now requires a deterrent." To build that deterrent, the South will first have to abrogate two global agreements, the Missile Technology Control Regime and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. For years, these pacts, which prevented the dissemination of dangerous technologies, looked solid. Now,...
  • (LEAD) (Yonhap Interview) N. Korean nuclear test to trigger unprecedented response: Cohen

    05/29/2009 8:57:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 1,036+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/29/09 | Sam Kim
    (LEAD) (Yonhap Interview) N. Korean nuclear test to trigger unprecedented response: Cohen By Sam Kim SINGAPORE, May 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea made a "big miscalculation" by going ahead with its second nuclear test and should expect an unprecedented response from the international community, a former U.S. defense minister said Friday. North Korea set off an underground nuclear explosion in its northeastern region on Monday despite a slew of international warnings
  • China's Anger at North Korea Test Signals Shift

    05/29/2009 1:44:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 853+ views
    WSJ ^ | 05/29/09 | JAY SOLOMON and IAN JOHNSON and GORDON FAIRCLOUGH
    China's Anger at North Korea Test Signals Shift By JAY SOLOMON in Washington and IAN JOHNSON and GORDON FAIRCLOUGH in Beijing North Korea's nuclear test this week has deeply angered China, a mood shift signaled in statements showing that influential Chinese thinkers are coming to see Kim Jong Il's regime as a liability. The change in attitude doesn't indicate China will support punishment that could threaten the stability of its neighbor. China appears ready to support modest sanctions at the United Nations Security Council, along the lines of the restrictions on North Korean companies it has supported in the past....
  • (LEAD) Chinese ships shunning waters near Korea amid tensions

    05/28/2009 10:20:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 978+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/29/09
    (LEAD) Chinese ships shunning waters near Korea amid tensions SEOUL, May 29 (Yonhap) -- Chinese fishing vessels are leaving the Yellow Sea, where tensions between the two Koreas have escalated after Pyongyang's threats of military clash, a defense source here said Friday. "Chinese fishing ships operating near the Northern Limit Line (NLL) began withdrawing yesterday," the source said, adding the military authorities are trying to find out whether North Korea asked them to do so. More than 280 Chinese vessels were fishing near the NLL for crab earlier this week but the number has dropped to about 140, according to...
  • US should consider military options against N Korea: Perry

    05/28/2009 10:14:48 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 1,216+ views
    AFP ^ | 05/28/09
    US should consider military options against N Korea: Perry Thu May 28, 1:28 pm ET WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States should consider a range of coercive measures against North Korea, including possible military action, for diplomacy to have a chance of success, former US defense secretary William Perry said Thursday. Perry emphasized that he was not recommending military action against North Korea now but said the United States should at least consider escalating to military action if other lesser coercive measures prove ineffective. "We could have stopped this last nuclear test if we had chosen to do so. We...
  • N. Korean nuclear blast probably less powerful than hoped for: Yale scholar

    05/28/2009 6:44:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 55 replies · 1,670+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/28/09 | Sam Kim
    N. Korean nuclear blast probably less powerful than hoped for: Yale scholar By Sam Kim SEOUL, May 28 (Yonhap) -- North Korea apparently failed to achieve desired explosiveness in its second nuclear test, a Yale University professor says, citing seismic readings that have been generated by it. North Korea set off an underground nuclear explosion on Monday, creating a shock that registered 4.52 in magnitude on the Richter scale, according to a Vienna-based anti-nuclear weapons organization. North Korea produced a magnitude of 4.1 in its first test in October 2006, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty says. Jefferey Park, director of the...
  • (2nd LD) S. Korea joins PSI after N. Korea's nuke test

    05/25/2009 8:39:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 510+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/26/09 | Lee Chi-dong
    (2nd LD) S. Korea joins PSI after N. Korea's nuke test By Lee Chi-dong SEOUL, May 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Tuesday declared full participation in the U.S.-led campaign aimed at curbing the spread of the weapons of mass destruction and related materials, a day after North Korea conducted its second nuclear test. South Korea made the decision to join the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) following the North's April 5 rocket launch, but it had delayed a formal announcement in consideration of its efforts to resume dialogue with the communist neighbor. Government officials said there was no reason to...