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Radiation Fall Out from North Korean Nuclear Tests? | Sep 04, 2017

Residents of China fear radiation from North Korea nuclear tests

|| UPI

“Residents in northeast China are becoming increasingly concerned that North Korea’s next nuclear test might mean radioactive contamination could spread to their towns and villages.

Chinese state tabloid Global Times reported Tuesday fear is widespread among Chinese nationals that Pyongyang’s next provocation would not only lead to contamination but also cause an eruption of the volcanic Mount Paektu.

The mountain is of symbolic significance in China and in both Koreas. In North Korea, Paektu is the official designated birthplace of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

In the city of Yanji in eastern Jilin Province, a local woman with the surname Guo said a looming North Korea test is cause for worry.

Yanji is a mere six miles from the border.

“When North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test [in September] I could feel an earthquake,” Guo was quoted as saying. “If it happens again, I fear the children and the elderly will fall into panic.”

North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear site, where the last test was conducted, is about 60 miles from the border, Yonhap reported.

North Korea’s fifth test on Sept. 9 produced a 5.3-magnitude earthquake near the site.

China’s environmental agency subsequently conducted pollution tests to determine the presence of radioactive material, but the inspection at the time was described as an investigation into “natural radioactive substances.”

The Global Times report on local fears of a North Korea test is an unusual move for Chinese state media, but comes at a time when Beijing is working with Washington to increase pressure on Pyongyang, and has tightened unilateral sanctions against its belligerent neighbor.

North Korea’s nuclear weapons are a growing concern, and experts say the country is capable of producing a nuclear bomb every six or seven weeks, The New York Times reported Monday.”

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North Korea Claims they now have H-Bomb with latest Test | Sep 03, 2017

Earthquake detected in North Korea after claims of ‘super explosive’ Hydrogen bomb

|| NY Daily News

“A 6.3-magnitude earthquake that rocked North Korea on Sunday is presumed to be a weapons test after Kim Jong Un reportedly inspected a “super explosive” hydrogen bomb developed for its intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The U.S. Geological Survey detected a surface “explosion” around 12:30 p.m. local time and a second tremor clocking in at magnitude 4.1 at the same location.

Chinese seismologists suggested the second earthquake was due to a “cave in.”

Japan’s Foreign Ministry attributed the seismic activity to the North’s sixth nuclear test.

“It is absolutely unacceptable if North Korea did force another nuclear test, and we must protest strongly,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said sternly.

North Korea’s latest test is believed to have greatly surpassed its last detonation nearly a year ago on Sept. 9, which packed 15 to 25 kilotons — similar to the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki during World War II. The rumbling was felt along China’s border to North Korea and up the Russian coast.”

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Note: Exactly how dangerous could an earthquake be right after a radioactive six kiloton explosion? Early radio reports indicate there may be some radioactive fallout headed across the border toward China. /CJ

 

North Korea has developed H-bomb missile warhead: state media

|| Agence France Presse

North Korea has developed a hydrogen bomb which can be loaded into the country’s new intercontinental ballistic missile, the official Korean Central News Agency claimed Sunday.

Questions remain over whether nuclear-armed Pyongyang has successfully miniaturised its weapons, and whether it has a working H-bomb, but KCNA said that leader Kim Jong-Un had inspected such a device at the Nuclear Weapons Institute.

It was a “thermonuclear weapon with super explosive power made by our own efforts and technology”, KCNA cited Kim as saying, and “all components of the H-bomb were 100 percent domestically made”.

Pictures showed Kim in black suit examining a metal casing with two bulges.

North Korea triggered a new escalation of tensions in July, when it carried out two successful tests of an ICBM, the Hwasong-14, which apparently brought much of the US mainland within range.

After its fourth nuclear test, in January 2016, it claimed that the device was a miniaturised H-bomb, which has the potential to be far more powerful than other nuclear devices.

But scientists said the six-kiloton yield achieved then was far too low for a thermonuclear device.

When it carried out its fifth test, in September 2016, it did not say it was a hydrogen bomb.

The North had “further upgraded its technical performance at a higher ultra-modern level on the basis of precious successes made in the first H-bomb test”, KCNA said, adding that Kim “set forth tasks to be fulfilled in the research into nukes”.

Actually mounting a warhead onto a missile would amount to a significant escalation on the North’s part, as it would create a risk that it was preparing an attack.”

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