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The United States has evidence of radioactivity from a site where North Korea was suspected of conducting a nuclear weapons test, a U.S. official said Friday.
The official said the evidence is preliminary, but if it is confirmed, the United States will be in a position to confirm North Korea's claim on Monday that it successfully set off a nuclear blast for the first time.
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. They said no final determination had been made about the nature of last weekend's mystery-shrouded blast.
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.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
What about suitcase nukes? Could Kim have bought himself a suitcase nuke on the black market and set it off to pretend to "have nukes"?
U.S. seeks luxury ban 'to put Kim Jong Il on a diet'
While details of the draft resolution were incomplete, diplomats said it could prevent materials for weapons programs and luxury goods from being sold to North Korea.
Referring to leader Kim Jong Il's long, documented record of leaving large parts of his population in famine, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said Friday, "The North Korean population's been losing average height and weight over the years, and maybe this will be a little diet for Kim Jong Il."