Originally posted by pheonix358
reply to post by Gazrok
How is anybody going to know for certain who sent it after it has exploded. For all you know it just as easily could be Israel or Pakistan. It could
be South Africa as a warning to stay out of Africa. It could be anyone.
If the US launches against NK with no credible proof, China will retaliate and MAD hell breaks loose.
While we can't exactly track who detonated the bomb, we can in fact figure out EXACTLY where the material came from. Meaning, a bomb goes off, we
will know for a fact if that came from Russia, the US, etc.
Now, that doesn't account for Russia selling a bomb and having it bounce around in the market for awhile, make it more difficult to figure out where
it came from. But if a country lets a nuke go missing, they are in hot water with the whole planet, not just the victim of the bomb. For that reason
countries would cooperate in tracking down from both ends who and where that bomb came from.
As far as China attacking the US on behalf on NK, that's a joke. China would have nothing to gain, and everything to loose. The second China takes
military actions against the US, the US would wipe out the debt to China, they wouldn't get a single cent. China is also getting fed up with NK, as
the entire planet is.
There is not a single thing China would gain from attacking the US for any reason, let alone for something as useless as defending NK. They want to
keep NK in line, but if NK gets out of line they aren't going to defend them. China cares about China, the idea that asians stick together against
the west is a stupid one, and it would be bad news for China to attack the US for the sake of NK.
As far as the OP's premise, as someone else mentioned, the US claims several hundred miles out to sea as it's territory. Any random ship moving in
would be intercepted before it got close enough to be a danger. A sub would be a different story, but if you can get close enough to cause a tsunami
which would effect the cast, they would be better off just launching the nuke against the city in the first place.
One thing to consider too, while nukes seem powerful, they pale in comparison to mother nature. The Japan earthquake which caused the Tsunami, for
instance, was many many magnitudes greater in energy than a nuclear weapon. With a nuke, a lot of the energy produced would be wasted vaporizing
water, instead of moving the water to cause a Tsunami. Overall, with north Korea's capabilities, a nuke would be best spent actually attacking a
city, not attempting to cause a tsunami. And the best way for them to do that, would be hiding it in a shipping container somewhere, but even that is
problematic due to the ease of detecting radiation from a nuclear weapon.
Think about the fact that people who have a slight amount of radiation in them from drinking that radioactive dye used in medial diagnostics will set
off radiation alarms, an actual nuclear weapon would be rather easy to detect.