Tuesday, 12 February 2013
North Korean nuclear test site at Punggye-ri
The US Geologic Survey and Japan’s Meteorological Agency at 11.57 AM KST, February 12th detected a ‘small earthquake recorded at 5.2 on the Richter Scale, with the epicenter located at the Punggye-ri nuclear test facility in North Korea. The impending test had been previously announced by the hermit kingdom and its young hereditary leader, Kim Jong-un .
Watch this AP Video on the third North Korean nuclear test since 2006:
Immediately following the underground blast, South Korea went on alert. Japan’s Defense ministry launched Air Self Defense agency aircraft to detect radiation. The world, including Iran disapproved of this wanton act . The Islamic regime didn't want to be seen 'involved', given its fast track to complete development of its own nuclear weapons that could occur this spring. U.K. Foreign Minister William Hague in a Foreign Office statement said:
I strongly condemn this development, which is a violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1718, 1874 and 2087. North Korea’s development of its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities poses a threat to international and regional security.
Its repeated provocations only serve to increase regional tension, and hinder the prospects for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
South Korea’s National Intelligence Director, Won Hei-Soon, in a briefing to legislators, indicated there may be another shoe to drop, a second nuclear detonation:
The briefing raised "the possibility for another nuclear test by the North" or a ballistic missile test once the UN Security Council begins discussions on imposing new sanctions on Pyongyang, Yonhap said.
"The North may stage other provocations to distract international efforts to impose more sanctions on the North or to push China to eventually side with Pyongyang,"
The White House spokesperson Jay Carney put out a statement by President Obama joining the chorus of condemnation:
North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs constitute a threat to U.S. national security and to international peace and security. The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and steadfast in our defense commitments to allies in the region.
These provocations do not make North Korea more secure. Far from achieving its stated goal of becoming a strong and prosperous nation, North Korea has instead increasingly isolated and impoverished its people through its ill-advised pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.
The danger posed by North Korea’s threatening activities warrants further swift and credible action by the international community. The United States will also continue to take steps necessary to defend ourselves and our allies. We will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our Six-Party partners, the United Nations Security Council, and other UN member states to pursue firm action.
Was this a 3:00AM wake up call for the Obama West Wing engaged in fine tuning the President’s State of the Union to be delivered tonight at a joint session of Congress. Absent from the glittering audience in the Capitol will be his nominees for the Pentagon and CIA posts, Chuck Hagel and John Brennan, awaiting critical confirmation votes in the US Senate this week. The rumored content of the President’s State of the Union message is skewed towards announcement of a domestic agenda to mark the beginning of his second term . Doubtless that will upstaged by this North Korean nuclear test; the third since 2006.
The difference is this underground test involved what the North Korean news agency said was a ‘smaller, lighter more powerful” nuclear device indicating a significant heretofore not though possible achievement; possible miniaturization leading to fitting an intercontinental missile with a warhead.. According to a U.K. Telegraph report, “the Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty Organization . . .the blast created by the nuclear test was "roughly twice as big as the 2009 test". The 2009 blast was approximately 2 Kilotons in magnitude. The nuclear test was meant to put a thumb in the eye of America, Japan, South Korea, China and Russia in the East Asian Pacific Rim and the UN Security Council for sanctions triggered by a provocative ‘satelitte’ intercontinental missile launch in December 2012.
Note the implications of the third North Korean nuclear test in this Fox News report:
Experts say North Korea's successful detonation of a miniaturized nuclear device is concerning because it indicates the country may be getting closer to the ability to put a nuclear device on a missile.
North Korea drew worldwide condemnation Tuesday after it announced it had successfully conducted its third nuclear test, in direct defiance to U.N. Security Council orders to shut down its atomic activity or face more sanctions and international isolation.
It claims the test was its "first response" to perceived U.S. threats and warns it will continue with unspecified "second and third measures of greater intensity" if the United States maintains its hostility.
North Korea expert Andrei Lankov tells Fox News that possession of such a "miniaturized" device would be necessary to create a nuclear warhead.
"It shows they are advancing their nuclear technology," Lankov said.
He also noted the significance of the timing of the test, which came just months after North Korea's successful intercontinental ballistic missile test.
"It seems they are very close to being able to put a device on a missile," Lankov said.
Yesterday in a speech at a gathering of the Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization in Jerusalem, Israeli PM Netanyahu warned President Obama and others that Iran may have crossed red lines he dramatically forecast at the UN General Assembly last September. He noted:
The prime minister said that Iran had yet to cross the “red line” in its nuclear fuel enrichment that would necessitate an attack on its enrichment facilities, but that Iran is working to “shorten the time it will take them to cross that line.”
“This has to be stopped in the interests of peace and security,” he said. “You have to upgrade the sanctions, and we have to know if sanctions and diplomacy fail, that [Iran] will face a credible military threat.”
Clearly Netanyahu’s comments were a message to President Obama about to embark on a journey to Jerusalem, Ramallah and Amman.
The White House agenda on display in tonight’s State of The Union Address has been turned topsy turvy by events beyond its and the world’s control by the Axis of Evil, North Korea, Syria and Iran.
Posted on 02/12/2013 7:11 AM by Jerry Gordon
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