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North Korea is showing "signs" it is preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, a South Korean minister has said.
Amid media reports of increased activity at the North's main atomic test site, Ryoo Kihl-Jae told parliament: "There are such signs."
The minister declined to comment further.
The JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said intelligence reports had noted a sharp increase in activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site since last week....
"We are closely monitoring the ongoing situation, which is very similar to the situation seen ahead of the third nuclear test," the newspaper quoted a senior government official as saying.
"We are trying to figure out whether it is a genuine preparation for a nuclear test or just a ploy to heap more pressure on us and the US," the unnamed official added.
Intelligence reports also suggest Pyongyang has readied two mid-range missiles on mobile launchers on its east coast.
As far as we know, they possess maybe a handful of nuclear devices, all of which are less powerful than what was dropped at the end of WWII. And not only that, but NK is not capable of sending those nuclear warheads all the way to America. They could send them to SK, barring a catastrophic failure in flight, but this is a guarantee at this point. Not necessarily because their technology would fail, but because these missiles would be brought down not long after leaving their silos..
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
imagine if the 'signs' for a nuclear test were occurring close to the 'missiles' being readied..
.. I need a witty Seinfeld quote here but i cant think of one on an empty stomach.
Most of it was just crap I think, but I did get the sense that what Jong Un really wants is recognition. Rodman commented that Jong Un said he wanted Obama to call him, and that he really did not want to fight. I think this is accurate and truthful. I think he just wants the world to pay attention to NK, and this recent display is nothing more than a tantrum by a 28 year old kid. IF some of the other countries like the US would reach out to NK, I am almost certain that we could establish good relations, and that things would change in NK. I am almost positive, although others may disagree.
Originally posted by JiggyPotamus
I'm sure this report is accurate in that NK is attempting to test another nuclear missile. The thing is however that this should be an indication they do not yet have the capability to let loose a nuclear ballistic missile with their current level of advancement.
Dr. WOOD. Mr. Chairman, the question or the set of questions that you posed are certainly the most pertinent ones. They also elicit answers which not only are a bit extended, but really is—some portions of them would have to be made in closed session.
But to speak to the issue as much as feasible in open session, the North Koreans certainly have the ability to deliver a small nuclear explosive to the U.S. at the present time. The ballistic missile capability which they have demonstrated could deliver a warhead weighing substantially more than a tenth of a ton and substantially less than one ton anyplace that they chose to in the United States, including any height of burst that they choose over the continental United States.
My colleague Dr. Graham has said that the EMP yield of a warhead is very weakly dependent on its energy yield. That is true, but it is true in spades. Special purpose nuclear warheads, on a kiloton scale, can have much more of EMP effect than ordinary nuclear warheads on the megaton scale. Less than ten kilotons properly employed in the type of warheads which have actually been examined, both in the Soviet Union and in the United States experimentally, warheads of less than 10-kiloton yields can put out very large EMP signals. So it is necessary to understand that it doesn't take a megaton to do an awful lot of damage. You can do an awful lot of damage in ten kilotons or less.