posted on Mar, 31 2013 @ 02:47 AM
reply to post by 0zzymand0s
From the size and power of such warhead? The US, China, Russia, Israel, France, UK, India, and Pakistan have weapons that run the power level gamut
from 1kt to 300kt and way above. Exactly what the heck are you going to determine by the total yield of a weapon, besides how badly it destroyed
The design is not a determining factor in yield. Or vice versa.
The various designs overlap greatly in usable yield range.
They have two stage designs that have yields well down into the single stage yield range.
There is nothing in the physical evidence that can be used to determine the weapon design. The only thing that can be used is radiological
And even with radiological evidence, the connection is sketchy at best. We don’t even have any idea of what the weapon design they have. Unless you
have samples of fallout from other devices they have used, then you have nothing to match it to. If they used active material from another country,
then the trace element signature would point to the other country.
And considering we gave NK reactor material, NK has shared radiological material with Iran, and Iran has got material from Russia, then who knows
where the signature may point to. The signature may match a US bomb signature, or any other signature under the sun if it came from NK.
That is what gets me about people talking about identifying the source of a nuke from it’s “signature”. The situation is a lot more complicated,
than that. The answer will not be as clear cut.
We may spend years analyzing samples and information and would still not have a solid idea of where it came from.