More On NoKo Nuke Puke
- US doubts Korea test was nuclear -- Bill Gertz, WashTimes
- Scientists probe North Korea nuke test -- AP
- Low yield a blast of surprises for analysts -- WaPo
- Blast may be only a partial success -- NYT
Here's the gist of the dud argument, as Gertz' sources told him:
U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that seismic readings show that the conventional high explosives used to create a chain reaction in a plutonium-based device went off, but that the blast's readings were shy of a typical nuclear detonation.Wretchard at Belmont Club thinks this is all evidence that NoKo might have done something much scarier than build a difficult to delilver bulky nuke; his headline: Was North Korea Testing a suitcase nuke? He points out that not much is known about these Russian-tech devices, but one thing that is know is that their yield is about one kiloton -- about the measured yield of Kim Il Jung's blast.
"We're still evaluating the data, and as more data comes in, we hope to develop a clearer picture," said one official familiar with intelligence reports. ...
The official said that so far, "it appears there was more fizz than pop."
The media has been known to stampede down bunny trails -- JonBenet's killer comes to mind -- so we'll file this story under developing ... but yikes!
Related Tags: North Korea, Kim Il Jung, Nuclear test, Suitcase nuke