May 25, 2009

North Korea Tests Nuclear Weapon

Kim Jong-il.jpgInitially sensed as a seismic event by the USGS on Sunday night at 8:53:43 PM (EDT), a successful underground nuclear test by North Korea has now been confirmed. Meanwhile, a South Korean source indicates that the North concurrently tested a short-range missile.

The nuclear blast was estimated to be between 10 and 20 kilotons.

Reportedly, the North informed the U.S. and China before the test. President Obama said that North Korea's activities warrant "action by the international community." South Korea and Japan issued strong statements of condemnation.

Interestingly, it's believed that the North is rattling sabers because of in-house strife and disappointment in the Obama administration. According to Kim Yong-Hyun of Seoul's Dongguk University, North Korea sports a growing anger at Washington.

Frankly, I tend to agree that Kim Jong-il is stressed. The dear leader's recent reported stroke plus his age make the future dicey. Being mad at Obama, I'm not so sure.

However, considering Kim Jong-il's "look-at-me-I'm-special" psyche, I suggest that he has finally accepted his mortality and decided to bow out with some extra-vigorous banging of the old tin pot. There are also reports that Kim Jong-il likes to see his name in the news because he's a pretty ronery guy. (More)

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