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Monday, February 11, 2013

North Korea Apparently Detonates Nuclear Weapon

Posted by on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Kim Jong-un seems to share his dad's love of things that go boom:

American and South Korean officials reported seismic activity in North Korea on Tuesday that appeared to be evidence of the country’s third, and long-threatened nuclear test and a new challenge for the Obama administration in its effort to keep the country from becoming a full-fledged nuclear power.

The blast was reportedly in the range of six or seven kilotons. For comparison's sake, the bomb we dropped on Hiroshima was approximately 12.5 kilotons. There has been no comment from the White House yet.


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Knat 21
Time to send in the marionette strike force.
Posted by Knat on February 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM · Report this
Despite appearances, this has nothing to do with us. If Kim Jong-un can't prove to his generals that he is fully committed to maintaining the status quo, how long do you think he'd last? About five minutes.

Even the North Korean elite know you can't enjoy Hennessey cognac when your city has been obliterated by a Trident missile.
Posted by Westside forever on February 12, 2013 at 8:50 AM · Report this
sloegin 19
NK has the bomb? Jeesh, you almost freaked me out. Imagine if Russia or China had the bomb? Then I'd really worry. We'd have to bomb those guys immediately.
Posted by sloegin on February 12, 2013 at 8:04 AM · Report this
chinaski 18
@12 nice to see you have so much faith in your masters.
We do it now or we do it later when China and Russia are stronger and Iran and N Korea have delevoped small enough nukes to smuggle into our cities.
Posted by chinaski on February 12, 2013 at 7:56 AM · Report this
@4, Sure, preemptive war. That's worked so well in the past why not try again?

To those proposing attacking NK, you might want to consider the fact that Seoul is right near the NK border. Well within artillery range. If we start bombing NK they can level Seoul in minutes.…

Before making preemptive decisions about what to do in someone else's country consider how you would feel if we were talking about a country within artillery range of Washington DC, or Seattle.
Posted by Root on February 12, 2013 at 7:22 AM · Report this
venomlash 16
@15: Careful with that conspiracy, Mr. Reed.
Posted by venomlash on February 12, 2013 at 7:00 AM · Report this
Pick1 15
Clearly they built it to bomb the Vatican and fulfill the prophecy
Posted by Pick1 on February 12, 2013 at 4:55 AM · Report this
Ipso Facto 14
@13: Preemptive assassination?

How could it possibly go wrong?
Posted by Ipso Facto on February 11, 2013 at 11:55 PM · Report this
Perhaps we should pull an Osama and simply assassinate every figurehead in NK?
Posted by Bloated Jesus is Bloated on February 11, 2013 at 11:46 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 12
The Chinese will not let North Korea throw any bombs at any one.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on February 11, 2013 at 10:49 PM · Report this
Ipso Facto 11
Gee, who could ever have anticipated that nations we don't support might some day wield the most powerful weapon of mass destruction we ever unleashed?

Gee, who could ever anticipate that enemy nations might some day use our own technology against us?

Can you win an arms race with yourself?

Is that what the future has in store -- perpetual escalation of destructive capacity? What would "victory" look like in that scenario?
Posted by Ipso Facto on February 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM · Report this
Teslick 10
Dammit. Apologies for the double post.
Posted by Teslick on February 11, 2013 at 10:31 PM · Report this
Teslick 9
7: I don't think that is going to make South Korea (or China & Japan) feel any better.
Posted by Teslick on February 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM · Report this
Teslick 8
7: I'm sure the South is reassured about that good news.
Posted by Teslick on February 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM · Report this
Fnarf 7
This would be more threatening if they could throw it more than a hundred yards. Country most likely to accidentally nuke itself.
Posted by Fnarf on February 11, 2013 at 10:14 PM · Report this
Umm Huskies losing is not shocking they are bad this year
Posted by Seattle14 on February 11, 2013 at 10:06 PM · Report this
Also, for anyone else who thinks sitting at home and arguing on the Internet is more fun than going to bars or dancing or all that crap, here we are discussing transit in Stockholm vs. Seattle:…

Yeah, it's a barn burner!
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 11, 2013 at 9:57 PM · Report this

This is a great justification for 1st strike.

Let's launch and clean up the mess and get those two Koreas back together where they belong.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 11, 2013 at 9:55 PM · Report this
On the same day that the Pope abdicates and the Huskies lose to USC? And we're supposed to believe it's a coincidence?
Posted by WFM on February 11, 2013 at 9:45 PM · Report this
Shrug?! They're right next door to South Korea! Japan is a short ways across the water! Kim Jung-un may be deluded enough to use it and risk nuclear world war. After all, what can we do? What can we even do now?

I guess we'd break the truce and bomb the hell out of them - and their civilians - before they could put a warhead on a missile.

If nothing else, it'll force a last-minute revision of Obama's speech.
Posted by floater on February 11, 2013 at 9:42 PM · Report this
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Posted by Baconcat on February 11, 2013 at 9:28 PM · Report this

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