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Physicists worldwide are striving to develop a nuclear fusion power plant, a project which the International Atomic Energy Agency terms "a great challenge".
But North Korea said it had triumphed using its own technology.
"The successful nuclear fusion marks a great event that demonstrated the rapidly developing cutting-edge science and technology of the DPRK (North Korea)," said Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling communist party.
It said the North's experts had worked hard to develop the "safe and environment-friendly new energy" technology their own way.
"Korean style" thermonuclear reaction devices were designed and manufactured as part of the process, it added.
North Korea has announced that it has made significant progress towards the development of thermo-nuclear power.
It is a claim that is likely to be met with some scepticism.
Despite hopes that the technology can produce large quantities of cheap, clean energy, no country has so far succeeded in making it work.
Originally posted by curioustype
reply to post by mnemeth1
OK, thanks, that certainly sounds impressive, but I still wonder why they are releasing the info this way?
They make a press release to the world at large but with no further evidence of how they have done it, or what they have actually achieved. I mean, rather than keep it under wraps until they have managed to fully harness it and make a much more impressive unveiling? Whilst they're also not using the secret diplomatic avenues to negotiate with external powers, for any of the MANY things they would like (money, resources, strategic/military support/influence). I mean, if this were true, wouldn't it have quietly slipped towards Russia/China or even the USA in exchange for heaps of favours whilst the technology was perfected and applied and finally announced to the world?
Two chemists who claimed last week to have triggered nuclear fusion in a jar of water have ignited a major uproar in the scientific world. At a news conference Thursday, Dr. B. Stanley Pons of the University of Utah and Dr. Martin Fleischmann of the University of Southampton announced that they had not only achieved hydrogen fusion in a simple electrolytic cell, but had obtained a substantial yield of energy. If their assertion is verified, scientists agree, the two would almost certainly win a Nobel Prize and would probably become very wealthy through the commercialization of their process. Such an achievement might also give the world a new source of cheap energy.