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North Korea says it has carried out its first test of a nuclear weapon.
It said the underground test, carried out in defiance of international warnings, was a success and had not resulted in any leak of radiation.
The US said intelligence had detected a seismic event at a suspected test site and Russia said it was "100% certain" a nuclear test had occurred.
Originally posted by Implosion
Could the fact that North Korea has explicitly stated that the test "had not resulted in any leak of radiation" be the reason for this?
Originally posted by ARNOMANNN
I too believe it was a hoax.Anybody remember the mysterious explosion at the train station a few years ago??
WASHINGTON - An air sampling taken after North Korea’s claimed nuclear test detected radioactive debris consistent with an atomic explosion, Bush administration and congressional officials said Friday night.
One U.S. government official said intelligence officials assigned an 80 percent probability that the North Korean explosion was a nuclear detonation, based on the air sample collected Wednesday. The official said it appeared highly unlikely that the sample of radioactive material was produced by any other source, including a nuclear power reactor.
The official also said additional sampling might be conducted, not necessarily by airborne means. He would not elaborate, citing security concerns.
A senior administration official suggested that the North Korean test was a dud. "The betting is that this was an attempt at a nuclear test that failed," the official said. "We don't think they were trying to fake a nuclear test, but it may have been a nuclear fizzle."