[ RadSafe ] Explosions vs weapons

Maury Siskel maurysis at ev1.net
Mon Oct 9 04:00:33 CDT 2006

I believe it is a noteworthy distortion by a number of news sources 
about the NK nuclear "weapon" test. The text of the statement by N. 
Korea only references a nuclear test -- there is no suggestion that it 
was a nuclear weapon. At least in my own opinion, I doubt that they have 
a nuclear weapon yet. They will have, but there is a big difference 
between a nuclear explosion and exploding a nuclear weapon.


The text of the announcement by the country's official Korean Central 
News Agency follows. The formal name for North Korea is the Democratic 
People's Republic of Korea or DPRK and KPA refers to the Korean People's 

"The field of scientific research in the DPRK successfully conducted an 
underground nuclear test under secure conditions on October 9, at a 
stirring time when all the people of the country are making a great leap 
forward in the building of a great, prosperous, powerful socialist nation.

"It has been confirmed that there was no such danger as radioactive 
emission in the course of the nuclear test as it was carried out under 
scientific consideration and careful calculation.

"The nuclear test was conducted with indigenous wisdom and technology 
100 percent. It marks a historic event as it greatly encouraged and 
pleased the KPA and people that have wished to have powerful self- 
reliant defense capability.

"It will contribute to defending the peace and stability on the Korean 
Peninsula and in the area around it."

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