While watching the various news reports from around the world it appears that the NK Nuclear Test yield was at a level of 550tons of Dynamite without
any detectable radiation. 550 tons
, not Kilotons, not Megatons, 550 tons. That would effectively be 1/2 the explosive power
on this map.
Just two years ago the U.S. Air Force was asking that the Spratt-Furse provision
so that they could develop weapons with yields lower than 5kt
, thats Kilotons, not tons. The question becomes that of whether North Korea has
the knowledge and education to develop weapons with such small yields while having a program that is in an 'infant' state. It has always been my
understanding, from educators, physicists and weapons experts alike that it is easier to build a weapon with a medium yield than it is to build a
specialized large or small yield weapon due to the amounts of material, the refinements to the materials, the types of materials required and the cost
of the weapon.
My conjecture in another thread was that NK had actually detonated 550 tons of dynamite in order to simulate the nuclear explosion, as they had
reported no leaks of, or detectable radiation, from the site. What if there was another quite different scenario at work though, what if the powers
that be, decided to pay-off NK and have them fake the test in order to promote programs in their home countries that would enable them to better
control populations and shipping? While China has no real problem controlling their population, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan have remarkebly free
populations without many Governmental restrictions. Of course China would eventually benefit from Taiwanese local restrictions and militarization, but
what benefit would North Korea receive from such an action. The United States dictatorship benefits due to the great fear that is now instilled in the
predominately democratic west coast of a potential, and 'real' nuclear threat from a 'mad man'. Current actions before the UN are restrictions on
shipped high-technology equipment, which NK is used to, but there are no restrictions on food, medical and humanitarian aid. So the status quo for
North Korea remains basically unchanged as a pariah in Asia, with the exception that the local boogeyman is now a perceived nuclear boogeyman.
The home advantages are too great to be considered out of the question, so did a consortium, or even a lone country, undertake an operation to allow
North Korea to fake a nuclear detonation, with financial incentives being paid to NK in exchange for the raising of NK status to Nuclear North Korea?