North Korea conducts nuclear test

This site is supposedly a good source for daily info on North Korea:

Pyongyang gave “advanced notice” of the test to the U.S. and China, a South Korean official told theYonhap news agency. John Swenson-Wright, Chatham House fellow and Senior Lecturer in East Asian studies at the University of Cambridge said:

“The test is no surprise, although reports from South Korea that the North had informed the US and China a day before the test are unusual. This may indicate a desire (perhaps misguided and naive) on the part of Pyongyang to minimize the political consequences of having tested.”

“A key question now will be determining the size and nature of the test. Expect governments and scientists to be looking for evidence of radioactive isotope gas traces, alongside signs of seismic activity, to gauge nature of tests.”

Reuters reports that Japan is considering sanctions against North Korea.

AP says China may not be very pleased.

Friends on Twitter point out that South Korea is currently chairing the UN Security Council. They’ve just called a meeting of the council at 9am.

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Reuters, South Korea’s Defense Ministry confirms the nuclear test:

North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea’s defense ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9 magnitude was registered by the U.S. Geological Survey.

It’s an interesting question as to how this affects the State of the Union address, which is taking place Tuesday night at 9pm Easter.

In part, that will depend on how this test is perceived in the morning, in the news cycle.  is this “just another news story” along with the Pope, or the makings of a possible crisis?

Then there are the Republicans.  To what degree will they – and I’m sure they will – try to argue that this North Korean nuclear test is proof that the President has empowered our enemies, been asleep on the watch, blah blah. And expect Benghazi to be invoked: “There’s a trend of foreign policy gone wrong!”

All of which may make the President put in a strong paragraph or more about North Korea, and more generally beef up any national security parts of the speech.

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The news was just confirmed by the UN Security Council:

Screen Shot 2013-02-11 at 11.27.24 PMHere’s AP.  Sounds like they haven’t heard the confirmation yet.

And let me just say, I turned on both CNN and MSNBC, and both were useless. Nothing.  So I went to Twitter, and voila.

 


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  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    North Korea: Apparently acquires nuclear bomb technology. Zero discussion about invading them, even potential sanctions are handled delicately and with respect.

    Iraq: Accused, likely falsely, of pursuing WMDs, which at the time included accusations of trying to get nuclear tech. Remember the infamous ‘yellow cake’ and aluminum tube “evidence”, both of which turned out to be rubbish? Result: Invaded and bombed to hell and back again, then occupied for most of a decade.

    Iran: Also accused of pursuing nuclear weapons technology, bombing them to hell and back again is very much on the table.

    Lesson learned from this clear comparison? As soon as your country does get a nuclear weapon, America will stop treating you as if they can kick you any time they feel like it. Heck of an incentive, huh?

  • Drew2u

    No conspiracy of collusion with North Korea, that’s just stupid; it’d just be a most opportune excuse to beef up a morbidly obese defense budget while staying with the self-imposed sequester cuts. Everybody (but the common American) wins!

  • perljammer

    Are you suggesting that North Korea is participating in a conspiracy to ensure that America’s defense spending isn’t cut? That can’t be it. Maybe we shouldn’t be concerned about NK continuing their nuclear weapons development? That doesn’t seem right, either. Oh, wait — I bet it’s our President’s “Never let a serious crisis go to waste” philosophy (taken from Rahm Emmanuel) that has you a little nervous.

    Oh, and if there are any Rahm fans left out there, here’s a real gem, from his speech at the Democratic National Convention: “Banks are slowly but surely lending again, and never again will taxpayers foot the bill for Wall Street’s excesses. In case we forgot, that was the change we believed in. That was the change we fought for. That was the change President Obama delivered.”

  • mwdavis

    When looking for breaking news, try the BBC. Don’t waste time on US corporations . . . er . . . media.

  • UncleBucky

    You know, we can wait for China to take care of this one. Here’s how. We say, “Nope, we don’t want our iPods, dog food and baby formula to be radioactive if those NK fools make a big mistake. In fact, we’re cutting off all shipments until you guys “take care” of this problem with NK? OK, China? Buh bye!”

    That’s how. ;o)

  • Drew2u

    Just in time to take defense cuts from the sequester off the table and balance that with newly enacted spending cuts on social programs, right?

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