October 13, 2006
Doubts Raised about North Korean Nuke Test
Something doesn't pan out about North Korea's supposed nuclear test. We have seismic readings but still no indication of any radiation.
Results from an initial air sampling after North Korea's announced nuclear test showed no evidence of radioactive particles that would be expected from a successful nuclear detonation, a U.S. government intelligence official said Friday.
There are three possibilities:
I'm leaning towards #2. Their missile tests this summer were also duds. However, it is possible Kim Jong Il was tired of Iran getting so much attention for their nuclear program. He might have wanted the United States' attention focused squarely on him to advance his interests. So he could have ordered a few tons of conventional explosives blown up to fake a nuke test.
The lack of evidence emboldens China and Russia from voting for a tough resolution on the U.N. Security Council. Their thinking has to be if there's not that much of a threat no need for such drastic measures.
"N. Korea Air Sample has No Radioactivity"
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