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North Korea claims test

Nuclear report creates worry around world

October 9, 2006

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— North Korea's official news agency said today the nation performed a successful nuclear test, defying warnings from the U.N. Security Council and a threat from the United States of military action.

The test was carried out without any radioactive leakage, the Korean Central News Agency reported.

South Korea's semiofficial Yonhap news agency cited intelligence officials saying they had detected a 3.58-magnitude seismic tremor in North Korea. The Bush administration offered no immediate confirmation of the blast. CNN said the U.S. Geological Survey reported no seismic tremors from a blast.

Yonhap said the test appeared to occur in North Hamgyeong province around 10:36 a.m. (8:36 p.m. CDT Sunday).

"The nuclear test is a historic event that brought happiness to our military and people," the North Korean news report said.

The sketchy report sent political tremors across East Asia and beyond.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun convened his security team in an urgent session, just as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe landed in Seoul for a one-day state visit aimed in part on resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear crisis.

Abe said hours earlier in Beijing that Japan and China would "never tolerate" a nuclear test by North Korea, although Chinese officials did not use such firm language.

Ruled by Kim Jong Il, one of the world's last totalitarian leaders, North Korea said only last week that it would test a nuclear weapon. Pyongyang announced in February 2005 that it had succeeded in making a nuclear bomb. Foreign intelligence officials say North Korea may have anywhere from six to a dozen nuclear bombs now.


South Korean tourists look at a defaced cartoon of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il put up Sunday during an anti-North Korea rally at the Imjingak Pavilion, near the demilitarized zone of Panmunjom, South Korea. North Korea today said it had conducted an underground nuclear test, despite strong opposition from its neighbors, including China, its closest ally.

South Korean tourists look at a defaced cartoon of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il put up Sunday during an anti-North Korea rally at the Imjingak Pavilion, near the demilitarized zone of Panmunjom, South Korea. North Korea today said it had conducted an underground nuclear test, despite strong opposition from its neighbors, including China, its closest ally.

A nuclear test, if confirmed, would severely jolt East Asia and generate pressure within the United States and from Japan to take military action to curb North Korea's military program.

The U.N. Security Council is expected to discuss the reported North Korean test today, and the United States and Japan are likely to press for a resolution imposing additional sanctions on Pyongyang.

North Korea has said it is building nuclear weapons to forestall a military attack by the United States to topple the Kim regime, which President Bush once described as part of an axis of evil.

News of the alleged test gave added urgency to Abe's visit to Seoul. Earlier today, Abe concluded a one-day summit with China's three top leaders that put a thaw in chilly relations between regional rivals China and Japan. It was the first summit of its kind since 2001.

Abe, who has been in office for less than two weeks and is a staunch conservative, was given red carpet treatment in Beijing, in an apparent snub to North Korea. China and Japan capped the summit with a statement that they had reached "a turning point" in their tense relations.

Abe said late Sunday that China's leaders agreed that any attempt by North Korea to test a nuclear weapon, as it vowed to do Tuesday, would be unacceptable.

"In my meeting with President Hu Jintao, we saw eye to eye that North Korea's announcement of its intent to conduct a nuclear test can never be tolerated because it is a great threat to the peace and security of East Asia," Abe said.

The summit marked a dramatic effort by China and Japan to put a thaw in their private cold war.

Sino-Japanese relations sunk to their nadir in April 2005 when protesters in China trashed Tokyo's diplomatic facilities and Japanese stores in weeks of demonstrations. The tensions came despite growing economic ties between the two nations.

China is now Japan's major trade partner, surpassing the United States. Abe noted that Japanese investment has created 10 million jobs in China.

China came to North Korea's aid during the 1950-1952 war on the Korean Peninsula, and relations between the two neighbors were once described as like "lips and teeth." But China is upset that North Korea may be sparking a regional nuclear arms race.

China supported a U.N. Security Council statement Friday urging Kim's regime to abandon plans for the nuclear test and return to six-nation talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear arms program.

Comments

Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 years, 7 months ago

Looks like Dumbya invaded the wrong country.

christie 8 years, 7 months ago

Meanwhile, back at the Ranch, VICTORY over the WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION.....

The Gay Old Party is more interested in sending text messages to little boys than protecting our nation.

November 2008, THE END OF AN ERROR.

ModSquadGal 8 years, 7 months ago

Gee... I wonder where they got the idea for nuclear weaponry as a scare tactic??? Either fear us or we will bomb your people... hmmmmmmm. Let's ask the citizens of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

roger_o_thornhill 8 years, 7 months ago

Nothing like a bunch of men who haven't left the high school locker room playing with "fire". Seriously, global politics is just like high school. Right down to the "if you hurt me, I'll hurt you back" mentality. Its like idiot children with guns. Can't use their brains to solve their problems and make innocent bystanders suffer as a result.

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lunacydetector 8 years, 7 months ago

the United Nations Security Council is having an emergency meeting to decide about doing absolutely nothing, or to decide about doing nothing, absolutely. - as usual.

...but north korea is a sovereign nation. why do they deserve to be attacked?...sounds familiar doesn't it?

opinion 8 years, 7 months ago

Are these people nuts? Don't they realize this is just the kind of testing that created Godzilla and Gojira?

Sorry, I know this is a very serious event but I just couldn't help but be reminded of the old Godzilla movies when CNN showed a clip of a NK newscaster anouncing the test.

Becca 8 years, 7 months ago

Am I the only one who's scared to death? I can hear it now, people telling me not to worry about it until it actually happens, because you can't do anything about it anyway. Yeah, that's the exact same attitude these same people had about Iraq, and now look what's happened. Am I the only one who's worried?

Sigmund 8 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, but lets all focus on what is important. Mark Foley's IM's!

Sigmund 8 years, 7 months ago

North Korea's aim to create nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles was a serious problem for the Clinton Administration. In 1994, North Korea, a signatory of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, refused to allow international inspectors to review two nuclear waste sites. The inspectors wanted to see if North Korea was in violation of the treaty since they were suspected of reprocessing spent fuel into plutonium, which could be used to manufacture nuclear weapons. http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB87/nk24.pdf Undoubtably this is the same CIA and foriegn intelligence agencies that claimed Iraq also was developing nuclear weapons.

Despite diplomatic pressure and repeated warnings by Clinton, North Korea refused to allow the inspections and even raised the prospect of war with South Korea. http://www.clintonfoundation.org/legacy/050394-remarks-by-president-on-cnn-telecast-of-a-global-forum-with-clinton.htm Gosh, Kim and Hussain, seperated at birth? What do you bet the anti-US rallys will stop in South Korea?

After private diplomacy by former president Jimmy Carter, the Clinton administration reached a breakthrough with North Korea in October 1994 when North Korea agreed to shut down the nuclear plants that could produce materials for weapons if the United States would help North Korea build plants that generated electricity with light-water nuclear reactors. These reactors would be more efficient and their waste could not easily be used for nuclear weaponry. http://www.clintonfoundation.org/legacy/101894-press-briefing-by-ambassador-gallucci-on-korea.htm I wonder if Jimmy Carter was wearing his cardigan?

The United States also agreed to supply fuel oil for electricity until the new plants were built, and North Korea agreed to allow inspection of the old waste sites when construction began on the new plants. http://www.clintonfoundation.org/legacy/101894-press-briefing-by-ambassador-gallucci-on-korea.htm

Unfortunately, North Korea never stopped their nuclear weapons development, as was revealed in February of 2005, when North Korea announced to the world they had a nuclear bomb.

I think even merril would have to agree there is enough blame for both parties. It will be interesting to see what the two parties position going forward with Kim mentally Ill, and if China, Russia, Japan, the US, and the French will do more than "strongly condemn" North Korea. I doubt it. Lets just kick it down the road for the next President and future generations. Maybe the UN will take care of it for us.

MyName 8 years, 7 months ago

I don't think military conflict is inenvitable. Especially because China is unhappy about the test. If China cuts off aid North Korea off from their end, and South Korea gives up even thinking about reconciliation and cuts off their aid (which it probably will), then North Korea's current government very likely could collapse from within.

One of the reasons why Kim Jong Il is still in power is because he has his people paranoid about being occupied by the US. So people are willing to give up freedoms and work to keep a strong military, but their economy is really messed up and aid from China is one of the few things keeping the North Korean people fed.

Becca: I dunno, what are you worried about, exactly?

Sigmund 8 years, 7 months ago

North Korea is starving and not just for attention. Cutting off all aid means what little food got to the people will completely vanish. A regieme with large starving population, nuclear weapons, and a large standing army has little choice just prior to collapse. They have nothing to lose by attacking the South (85% chance, hopefully non-nuclear).

Where is Hawkeye's, Hot Lips, and Capt. Pierce's double-entendre anti-military humor when you really need it?

iluvovaltine 8 years, 7 months ago

China is going to get bigger after all this is over. They will get plutonium mines and tons of good defense positions and Korean scientists.

I love this country. People will take any chance to bash their elected leaders without doing any real concensus building at home.

Headlines could read, "Enemy Invades USA" and people would still groan and moan about some sex-related issue.

Our Navy and Air Force are more than ready to deal with this issue. Let the Chinese invade and split N. Korea with the South. We will just eliminate the palaces and pools of the elite. Luckily we won't need agent orange cuz the North Koreans have killed all their trees from eating all the bark.

KansasPerson 8 years, 7 months ago

MyName said:

I don't think military conflict is inenvitable. Especially because China is unhappy about the test. If China cuts off aid North Korea off from their end, and South Korea gives up even thinking about reconciliation and cuts off their aid (which it probably will), then North Korea's current government very likely could collapse from within.

(and now, back to me)

I think it was on NPR this morning that someone was saying that China has (up til now) been more afraid of the possibility of a collapsed N.K. than a nuclear N.K. Something about if N.K. collapsed, there would be a rush of N.K.'ans over the border.

I don't get this: How is this scarier than Kim Jong Il having nuclear weapons???

ASBESTOS 8 years, 7 months ago

The UN will do NOTHING but issue another meaningless resolution.

Now maybe China and Russia will understand our problem with letting Iran out of the box.

I don't think there will be any Military response at all.

We can't do it and the rest of the world will not do it.

It is economic sanctions, and there will be a whole lotta of N. Korean people who will have to pay the price for a looney leader as kim is. Lots of them will starve to death. Kim with his little demonstration and the one that is going to follow is sacraficing his pawns, that is the people of his country. It would do well if CHina just shot that ..that.. I can't say it or this will not post

ModSquadGal 8 years, 7 months ago

Marion - Ha ha! That wouldn't be the first time I've been told that. But then, I suspect you've heard it a few times too..... :)

I'm definitely no political or historic genius - just talkin' from the heart.

ModSquadGal 8 years, 7 months ago

Marion:

What I was saying is that WE started the whole nuclear bomb as a terrorist tactic thing when we used the bomb to end WWII. I'm sure the hundreds of thousands of men, women and children who were killed truly appreciated our efforts to save lives.

I'm not trying to give a history lesson here; just sayin'.

prioress 8 years, 7 months ago

Thing is NK didn't threaten dumbya's dad and they have no oil. Simple fact, they have now called w's bluff. what will dumbass do now?

Talk like a cowboy, but little else. He's blown his chances on this one; thank goodness we are out of soldiers, or he might start another adventure. Oh, I forgot, that's Iran! Hold on to your shorts, folks; something's coming in the next week or two....elections, you know.

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