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Breaking: North Korea Says it Successfully Conducted Its First Nuclear Weapons Test

From the AP:

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea said Monday it has performed its first-ever nuclear weapons test. The country's official Korean Central News Agency said the test was performed and there was no radioactive leakage from the site.

South Korea's news agency is reporting the same thing:

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean government officials said North Korea performed its first-ever nuclear weapons test Monday, the South's Yonhap news agency reported.


South Korean officials could not immediately confirm the report.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun convened an urgent meeting of security advisers over the issue, Yonhap reported.

The North said last week it would conduct a nuclear test as part of its deterrent against a possible U.S. invasion.

The director of South Korea's monitoring center that is watching for a test with sound and seismic detectors declined to immediately comment on the report. The U.S. Geological Survey said it had detected no seismic activity in North Korea, although it was not clear whether a blast would be strong enough for its sensors.

Update: Earlier today, North Korea said it was considering delaying the test:

North Korea might defer its first nuclear test by three months, giving time to the United States to lift financial sanctions and return to the negotiation table, a media report said on Sunday.


"If Americans don't start bilateral dialogue with Pyongyang and lift sanctions, them Kim Jong-il is expected to give orders to carry on with the test, most likely in the second half of December or early January," the 'Sunday Telegraph' quoted anonymous Russian military officials as saying.

Kim Jong-il can be trusted as far as he can be thrown.

Update II: Reuters has more:

South Korea's presidential Blue House said a tremor had been detected in North Korea on Monday.


It said South Korea's Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources had detected a tremor of a magnitude 3.58 to 3.7 at 0135 GMT.

Officials in neighboring Japan and China had no immediate comment on the reports.

Update III: Fox News is reporting that the United States Geological Society says that some activity is coming in right now but there isn't any magintude or location yet. More information in about 30 minutes from the USGS.

Update IV: Fox News is also reporting that NoKo gave China a twenty minute warning. China then immediately informed the US, Japan, and South Korea.

Update V: Fox News is now reporting that US defense officials can't confirm the reports of the test, yet South Korea has raised its alert level in response to the test.

Also, Bret Baier from Fox News says that the US government confirms that China did pass on the warning it received from NoKo

Update VI: According to Fox's James Rosen, the White House has confirmed that something did happen in NoKo and that they believe that it did test a nuclear weapon. However, iit may not have been the result that NoKo would have wanted. The goal was a 400 kiloton explosion but it came in much smaller than that.

Hugh Hewitt remarks:

The Clinton-Kim 1994 Agreement, midwifed by Jummy Carter, bears its fruit.

Blue Crab Boulevard is spot on:

As the West fiddles, the world begins to burn. As the American political scene descends into a cartoonish hell where the stupid phone sex antics of a disgraced Congressman take center stage, a real, nuclear hell is born. Tomorrow, all the papers will have wall to wall coverage of the Foley matter while Kim plots his next move and Ahmadinejad goes about midwifing his bomb. Very good, folks.

Update VII: Rob at Say Anything points to a news report in The Australian which reports that the test took place in a horizontal tunnel near a northeast missile base.

Update VIII: Just in from Fox News: USGS is now saying that it detected a 4.2 magnitude tremor in NoKo.

Update IX: Rafael Abreu from USGS is on Fox News and reports that the 3.58 to 4.2 descrepency is due to lack of data from the first reading. Once additional data came through, it was recalculated, which resulted in the 4.2 on the Richter scale. There's a possibility that the result could be bumped up if additional data becomes available.

Update X: A statement from President Bush will be released tonight. Obviously we'll hear a lot more on this tomorrow

Prediction: The Democrats will come out tomorrow morning and place the blame for NoKo's test squarely at the feet of President Bush in an attempt to capitalize politically on this turn of events. Of course, the Dems will conveniently forget that it was Bill Clinton and Co. who bought Crazy Kim's no nuclear weapons promise. And the nutroots will insist that President Bush forced Crazy Kim into testing the nuke because he refused to sit down with him in bilateral talks.

Remember this?

maddykim.jpg

Update XI: John at OPFOR reminds us of a post he wrote a few days ago:

We've figured that North Korea has had these things for a few years now, largely in part thanks to -trying my best to be apolitical here- the Clinton Administration's pseudo Sunshine Policy during the 90s....


Hopefully the test goes as well as North Korea's 7 dud barrage that was launched on the 4th of July this year. But if their nuke test is successful, try to remember that building a nuke is one thing, building one small enough to be mated to a delivery system that ACTUALLY WORKS is another matter altogether.

Here's my question. Does a successful test scare Japan into building an arsenal of their own?

I'm shutting down now. I'll have all the latest after a few hours of sleep.

Update XII (Lorie adds): Be sure to read Josh Manchester's very timely, and extremely well thought out, article at Tech Central Station about what the reaction of the U.S. should be to this very scenario.

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Comments (40)

Can we get a comment from N... (Below threshold)
Imhotep:

Can we get a comment from NOBLE PEACE PRIZE winner, Jimmy Carter?

Thanks to you, President Carter, the North Korean's now have Nuclear Weapons. Good job.

Madeline Albright, anything to add? Well, we're waiting?

Excellent point. Clinton k... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Excellent point. Clinton kicked the can down the street for 8 years while the program produced a bomb.

Now Bush will have to clean it up. And all the while, I' sure we'll hear from the Dems. who "support the [Canadian] troops" that Bush has screwed it up. Despite the "multilateral" approach they subscribe to.

Well, at least we don't have to talk about the non-event faux Foley scandal.

The U.S. Geological Surv... (Below threshold)
cirby:

The U.S. Geological Survey said it had detected no seismic activity in North Korea, although it was not clear whether a blast would be strong enough for its sensors.

It's actually pretty clear, if the test was anything like a "successful" one, of any size. So it was either not that successful, or the various intel agencies are playing it pretty close to their vests.

Japanese news site English ... (Below threshold)
Rory:

Japanese news site English service links to China View-

FLASH: DPRK SAYS HAVE CONDUCTED NUCLEAR TEST
www.chinaview.cn 2006-10-09 10:55:47

FLASH: DPRK SAYS HAVE CONDUCTED NUCLEAR TEST

xinhuanet.com

Which they post right after this-

DPRK accuses ROK of deliberate provocation along MDL www.chinaview.cn 2006-10-09 00:02:40

PYONGYANG, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea(DPRK) on Sunday accused South Korea of deliberate provocation along the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) between the two countries.

"South Korean soldiers shot at the DPRK side of the MDL with more than sixty bullets at noon on Saturday, which is very dangerous to DPRK soldiers on duty," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted a military source as saying.

"Such action is a kind of intolerable military provocation," which can be "quiet down is totally due to DPRK soldiers' patience," added the KCNA.

Reports said five DPRK soldiers crossed the MDL between South Korea and the DPRK, and returned to the north after South Korean soldiers fired warning shots. Enditem

DPRK soldiers cross MDL: S.Korean military

SEOUL, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Five soldiers of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) crossed the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) between South Korea and DPRK on Saturday and returned to the north after South Korean soldiers fired warning shots, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a news release on Saturday afternoon.

Related: DPRK to conduct nuclear test against U.S. hostile policy

DPRK says it will conduct nuclear test.

North Korea claims to be "provoked"

Bush gave up the desire to ... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Bush gave up the desire to fight the war on terror come hell or high water years ago. He's been fighting it the John Kerry way, multinational negotiations.

Will this be a lesson to give that crap up and return to fighting it the way we did the first 2 years after 9/11 and take care of Iran before its too late.

Wow, that missile shield SU... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Wow, that missile shield SURE WAS A BAD IDEA, HUH?
-=Mike
...Who could possibly need a missile shield? I mean, besides the west coast?

Your main index page is not... (Below threshold)

Your main index page is not displaying yet again.

Why have you forsaken me?

cirby-There's this... (Below threshold)
Rory:

cirby-

There's this from the South Korean news site Yonhap News:

(UFGETNT) S. Korean intelligence agency detects 3.58 magnitude seismic tremor in North Korea

(END)

Shoot for some reason Wizba... (Below threshold)
Rory:

Shoot for some reason Wizbang's spam blocker won't let me post the link to it.

Anyways if you google Yonhap it's the first cite and it's the third or fourth headline but you have to click on the headlines sidebar.

jpm100 what are you smoking... (Below threshold)
Rory:

jpm100 what are you smoking?

SDI was virtually ignored until Bush got back into the White House, and by the way the acronym is BMD now.

Democrats have been fighting that idea since it was known as Reagan's SDI, and I remember all the stupid arguments utilized back then.

You are going to try and sell the Democratic party as the party that supported missile defense?

Wow-you know what? That is close to disgusting.

missile shield: That is jus... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

missile shield: That is just hype about the Reagan Star Wars inititive, isn't it? Hey, the democrats are ready to die and willing to let millions die with them, but they're patroitic.

The only possibe way the dim's can ever win an election is if the American people are really stupid. Are there that man supid people in the country? If so there is no reason to defend the country. Just live it up for the couple of years the country has left before the big boom. No need to save or get an education. Drink ,screw and make merry. Play it like the roaring 20's and bankrupt the country, the dim's will anyway along with destroying the remainder of the military (the got half of it in the 90S) to the point two Cuban's with BB guns can take over.

Scrapiron-Man we c... (Below threshold)
Rory:

Scrapiron-

Man we can't let the party of Lee win-gads!

The Australian is also confirming the seismic activity and the spamblocker might allow the link-

The Australian-breaking

Check out the U.S.G.S. seis... (Below threshold)
jd watson:

Check out the U.S.G.S. seismic date site: http://aslwww.cr.usgs.gov/Seismic_Data/heli2.shtml and notice the interesting event at about 1430 MDT - whether an earthquake or NoK test, I'm not competent to say.

Clinton's 1994 deal bears f... (Below threshold)
bill:

Clinton's 1994 deal bears fruit.

Going to make a really nice big suicide truck bomb. I wonder which terror group, and where, will get first dibs?

"Excellent point. Clinto... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"Excellent point. Clinton kicked the can down the street for 8 years while the program produced a bomb."

Then North Korea waited 6 years - and only then conducted their first test - after developing the bomb over 6 years ago.

Either you're not very bright, or you're lying -- let me guess... Oh, it's Mitchell - you're both.

Rory,what are you ... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Rory,

what are you smoking? I never commented on anything SDI.

jpm100-You are imp... (Below threshold)
Rory:

jpm100-

You are implying that Bush has ignored BMD which is absolute hooooey. Quit blowing smoke up people's asses.

Oh hell Lee-Maybe ... (Below threshold)
Rory:

Oh hell Lee-

Maybe we can send Madeleine Albright to play pattycake with Kim Jong-il again.

Special.

LeeI think He mean... (Below threshold)
914:

Lee

I think He meant Clinton did nothing for His whole term in this area accept sell the technology necessary for this outcome..

OPFOR is also following. Yo... (Below threshold)
Ken V:

OPFOR is also following. You won't find better military analysis than what those guys can offer.

http://op-for.com/2006/10/destablization_v20.html

Read their "About Us" link.

Well ... seeing as how I li... (Below threshold)

Well ... seeing as how I live in a city that is a the top ten nuclear target, I am going to bed, to sleep. And sleep soundly I will.

Surely, Kim realizes that launching against any other country will result in complete, swift and utter destruction of NoKo. It would be suicide. As for Bush, I hope he gives one of his classic wide-eyed looks of utter incomprehension then yawns. Kim wants a reaction, we should give him NONE. World-wide hysteria will only feed his insane desire for attention. And the more we give, the more he will want. We should do no more than fart in his general direction.

From deep in the heart of the Atomic City, good night, sleep tight.

LissakayI pray You... (Below threshold)
914:

Lissakay

I pray You are right, but seeing as how terrorists have no such scruples about dying to deliver..

Goodnight

More legacy crumbling for B... (Below threshold)
Jo:

More legacy crumbling for Bill & Co.

Surely, Kim realizes tha... (Below threshold)
cirby:

Surely, Kim realizes that launching against any other country will result in complete, swift and utter destruction of NoKo. It would be suicide.

...and that's just the sort of option you want to have in the hands of a crazy dictator with a godhood complex, with a bunch of generals around who might just get tired of him and try to kick his ass to the curb.

914: "Lee - I think He ... (Below threshold)
Lee:

914: "Lee - I think He meant Clinton did nothing for His whole term in this area accept sell the technology necessary for this outcome..

Bush handed over millions to North Korea, as required by the Agreement, but Bush dropped the requirement (negotiated into the deal by Clinton) for inspections to insure that NoKo did not develop weapons.

It was one of Bush's better operations.

(I went for the brain first, but that was hard -- it was so small).

Not that size matters, but I guess it does matter to some Republicans.

Prediction: The Democrat... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Prediction: The Democrats will come out tomorrow morning and place the blame for NoKo's test squarely at the feet of President Bush in an attempt to capitalize politically on this turn of events. Of course, the Dems will conveniently forget that it was Bill Clinton and Co. who bought Crazy Kim's no nuclear weapons promise. And the nutroots will insist that President Bush forced Crazy Kim into testing the nuke because he refused to sit down with him in bilateral talks.

And Lee chimes in right on cue. With no link to support his assertion.

jpm100Yo... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

jpm100

You are implying that Bush has ignored BMD which is absolute hooooey. Quit blowing smoke up people's asses.

Rory, put the crackpipe down. My comment was in reference to Bush no longer driving the GWOT like he did the first 2 years after 9/11. He's handled both NK & Iran via multination talks which is way people like John Kerry advocated.

My comments had nothing to do with any missle defense systems. Try a little reading comprehension for a change.

What is KIm doing? Doesn't ... (Below threshold)
kirktoe:

What is KIm doing? Doesn't he know that the Dem's are attempting to take over the House and Senate? Now he may have just blown there plan up (pun intended).

He obviously doesn't watch CNN.

Seriously, this is a serious mistake on North Korea's part because now they will have Japan and China to contend with as well as the US.

YOU FOOLS! North K... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

YOU FOOLS!

North Korea doesn't have nukes. They built an earthquake machine!!

Of course, <a href="http://... (Below threshold)
George:

Of course, Newsweek blames America first but conveniently omits one little item.

[Yawn. Snore.]So ... (Below threshold)
sanssoucy:

[Yawn. Snore.]

So Kim Mentally-Il has confirmed what anyone with half a brain already concluded; that he's got the capacity to build a crude, 1940s vintage fission bomb.

So what?

His pathetic little shithole still can't grown corn, he's surrounded by enemies, his own people would give him the chop in a heartbeat, and a US Navy ballistic missile submarine operating 500 miles from his capital just downloaded shiny new targeting data.

C'mon, folks, this roach lives in the barrel of an American gun. Take a deep breath and go to work; nothing has changed.

SS

And so we began to reap som... (Below threshold)
Mike:

And so we began to reap some of the "Clinton dividend".

Reid and Pelosi have issued... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Reid and Pelosi have issued a statement saying that the US should furnish North Korea with nuclear bombs if NK promises to stop making their own. "This will solve the problem once and for all," said Reid. "We are also willing to supply them with missiles to make sure they don't make their own," said Pelosi.

Well pelosi and reid have d... (Below threshold)
914:

Well pelosi and reid have done as much with Gore/willie so its only normal for these dangerous liberals to capitulate more of our security for their vane self loathing ego's..

"And Lee chimes in right... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"And Lee chimes in right on cue. With no link to support his assertion."

It's not an asserion, it's a fact. Look it up - I think you'll find it on the bbc.com website, and I've linked to it numerous times before. Bush waived the requirement for inspections.

<a href="http... (Below threshold)
Lee:

US grants N Korea nuclear funds
Wednesday, 3 April, 2002, 12:06 GMT 13:06 UK
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1908571.stm

The US Government has announced that it will release $95m to North Korea as part of an agreement to replace the Stalinist country's own nuclear programme, which the US suspected was being misused.

Under the 1994 Agreed Framework an international consortium is building two proliferation-proof nuclear reactors and providing fuel oil for North Korea while the reactors are being built.

In releasing the funding, President George W Bush waived the Framework's requirement that North Korea allow inspectors to ensure it has not hidden away any weapons-grade plutonium from the original reactors.

President Bush argued that the decision was "vital to the national security interests of the United States".

The conservative Republican morons strike again - what a dolt!

So, by observing the agreem... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

So, by observing the agreement made by Clinton and Albright, we are worse than Clinton and Albright?

There you go, Mr. NonSequitur is at it again.

Please, Lee, no more links to Kos and democrapicunderground, etc.

"So, by observing the ag... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"So, by observing the agreement made by Clinton and Albright, we are worse than Clinton and Albright?"

Since the numbskull in the WH didn't observe the Agreement, we will never know whay would have happened if he had.

All we know is the outcome of the actions he did take, and that is that NoKo is reportedly close to having nuclear arms.

Nice try, Mitch, - suggesting we can hang the blame on something that didn't happen, to deflect the heat away from the bad decision made by Bush.

China ia the puppet master:... (Below threshold)
Steve:
Oookayyy ... so how does th... (Below threshold)

Oookayyy ... so how does the issue of birth defects due to the prevalence consanguinity in Pakistan relate to nuclear bombs, Norks or China?

Interesting article, though ...




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