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SEOUL, South Korea -- Abnormal radiation was detected near the inter-Korean border days after North Korea claimed last month to have achieved a nuclear technology breakthrough, South Korea's Science Ministry said Monday.
The ministry said it failed to find the cause of the radiation but ruled out a possible underground nuclear test by North Korea. It cited no evidence of a strong earthquake that must follow an atomic explosion.
A fusion test must be conducted at extremely high levels of pressure and temperature inside a reactor and scientists form such an environment by detonating a uranium-based bomb, said nuclear expert Whang Joo-ho of South Korea's Kyung Hee University. "It's doubtful North Korea could have exploded one without a seismic wave being detected," Whang said.
Originally posted by Lady_Tuatha
So what do we think the North Koreans are going to do with nuclear fusion capabilities? Clean and limitless energy or hydrogen bombs?
Since the wind was blowing from north to south when the xenon was detected, a Science Ministry official said the gas could not have originated from any nuclear power plants in South Korea.
But the official - speaking on condition of anonymity, citing department policy - said the xenon could have come from Russia or China. Whang agreed, saying a nuclear test or radioactive leakage would be the only reasons that could explain the atmospheric concentration of xenon reported by the ministry.
A U.N. official in Vienna, however, said no signs of increased radioactivity were detected last month along the Korean border by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, a U.N. agency that looks for signs of nuclear testing worldwide.
Originally posted by InvisibleObserver
I read a few articles earlier about this. I guess they chalked it to this, since the wind was blowing north to south when the xenon was detected, it could of came from anywhere, they said their best guess would be it came from either Russia or China and just so happen to come through NK.
Originally posted by toreishi
maybe they're (NK) putting dirty bombs beneath the DMZ, sort of a tripwire just in case the south invades. sounds wild, but in war anything goes. right?
Originally posted by LieBuster
Only mad world leaders want Nukes and the USA has 5,000-10,000 of them and are using black ops against half the world so who's mad if they want to defend themselves