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originally posted by: Punisher75
originally posted by: Vroomfondel
Well, this is the country who claimed to be the first to send an astronaut to the sun. But he went at night so it wouldn't be as hot so it was ok...
I so wish they claimed that. I really do it would have been the story of the decade in my eyes, but alas.
originally posted by: machineintelligence
I remembered a briefing document that discussed a very real threat of a low tech fission bomb. Without including any details the device of concern in that document it had the exact same yield as the initial NK device. The prototype device in question is most easily done underground. It is a gravity not explosive driven device. The 2 parts of the fission core are impacted in a long section of pipe. A gravity drop with weight and vacuum and insulation materials is sufficient to cause a super-critical event in the fission core halves. It can be done underground fairly cheaply at a budget cost the NK regime could afford on their rather tight budget.
This would mean all they would need to budget is the fission mass material and some low tech construction work and drilling to make a nuke event for the record.
The second event the H-Bomb detonation was characterized by a higher EMP yield I believe.
Imaging if they used a low tech fission device like I suggest here and add a explosive driven EMP device with it? They should be able to simulate yields that can match close to H-Bomb levels. This is my theory of how the dirt poor NK Gov managed to fake nuclear club membership on a budget.
originally posted by: yeahsurexxx
north korea and its leader is just a CIA asset acting as a boogie man for asia.
if the US reaaly would like to make a change they could do it in less then an hour.
A-bombs and H-bombs, also known as thermonuclear bombs — is highly nuanced.
To be sure, the practical difference between big and small H-bombs isn't that one is exactly nicer to get hit with, but the big H-bombs certainly are a lot worse.
here's the bottom line: North Korea probably tested an H-bomb, just not the kind of H-bomb you're thinking of.