Claims Test of Hydrogen Bomb for Long-Range Missile a Success
By Jonathan Cheng Updated Sept. 3, 2017 10:13 a. m.
SEOUL-North Korea said it conducted a sixth and significantly larger
nuclear test Sunday, stepping up pressure on President Donald Trump in
what is shaping up to be his biggest foreign policy crisis.
In a televised statement, North Korea described the underground
explosion, which triggered a large earthquake, as a "perfect success
in the test of a hydrogen bomb for an ICBM." Pyongyang said "the
creditability of the operation of the nuclear warhead is fully
The test came just hours after leader Kim Jong Un showed off what he
described as a hydrogen bomb capable of being mounted on an
intercontinental ballistic missile.
The explosion at the nuclear test site at Punggye-ri in North Korea's
mountainous northeast triggered an initial magnitude-6.3 earthquake,
followed by a magnitude-4.1 temblor that was possibly caused by a
structural collapse, according to the U. S. Geological Survey.
While it was unclear what set off the second quake, satellite imagery
has captured evidence of tunneling activity at the nuclear test site
in recent months. Any structural collapse might have been related to
Estimates of the size of Sunday's initial earthquake varied among
different agencies, but the USGS said it had a magnitude of 6.3.
According to the logarithmic scale used to measure earthquakes, a 6.3
quake would be 10 times bigger than the one triggered by the North's
previous nuclear test in September 2016, which the USGS said had a
magnitude of 5.3.
The latest nuclear test was estimated to have a yield of as high as
100 kilotons-about 10 times the power of the North's previous test and
roughly five times that of the atomic bomb that the U. S. dropped on
Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945, according to Kim Young-woo, a South Korean
lawmaker who is chairman of the legislature's defense committee and
received a briefing from military authorities.
A spokesman for the defense ministry declined to comment.
Norsar, a Norwegian nonprofit foundation with a focus on seismology,
estimated the explosive yield at 120 kilotons, based on a
5.8-magnitude assessment of the explosion.
South Korea's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, said after a
90-minute emergency meeting of the National Security Council that
Seoul would consider the possible deployment of what he described as
the "most powerful strategic assets that the U. S. possesses," without
elaborating, according to a statement from the presidential Blue
The phrase "strategic assets" typically refers to stealth bombers,
aircraft carriers or possibly nuclear weapons. The U. S. withdrew the
last of its nuclear weapons from South Korea in 1991.
Mr. Chung, who also spoke by phone with Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, his
counterpart at the White House, said that Moon Jae-in, the South
Korean president, had called for the "strongest punitive measures"
against Pyongyang. That includes diplomatic measures and a new United
Nations Security Council resolution to "completely isolate North
In Sunday morning tweets, Mr. Trump said North Korea's "words and
actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United
States." He added: "North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a
great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but
with little success." He also added: "South Korea is finding, as I
have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will
not work, they only understand one thing!"
"The national security team is monitoring this closely," White House
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday morning. "The president and
his national security team will have a meeting to discuss further
later today. We will provide updates as necessary."
While North Korea has made steady advances in both its nuclear and
missile programs over the course of decades, Mr. Kim has greatly
accelerated the pace of testing as the isolated country nears the
ability to deliver a nuclear-tipped missile to the continental U. S.
Just this year, it has conducted a string of successful missile tests
that have extended the proven range of its arsenal and introduced new
capabilities that allow Pyongyang to fire missiles more quickly and
with less warning. In July, it test-fired two ICBMs that experts say
they believe are capable of reaching many parts of the U. S. mainland.
"The Kim regime made the strategic decision to develop a nuclear armed
ICBM that can strike the United States," said Leif-Eric Easley, a
professor of international studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul.
"It is in a sprint to deploy that capability, because it wants the
world to recognize it before returning to diplomatic talks, and before
sanctions become unbearable."
However, analysts have been divided on whether North Korea could
shrink a nuclear warhead to fit on the tip of a missile. Many also
remain skeptical about whether a North Korean warhead can survive the
strain of re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.
In an earlier statement Sunday, which followed a meeting between Mr.
Kim and his top nuclear scientists, North Korea claimed it had already
mastered the ability to mount a hydrogen bomb atop a long-range
Electromagnetic Pulse: North Korea's Latest Threat Against U. S.
Mr. Kim was quoted as saying all of the components of its hydrogen
bomb were homemade, insulating the nuclear-weapons program from
sanctions and "enabling the country to produce powerful nuclear
weapons, as many as it wants." The bomb's explosive power has a range
up to hundreds of kilotons, the North Korean report said.
The claims couldn't be immediately verified and the report didn't
specify the date of Mr. Kim's visit. North Korea conducted a pair of
nuclear tests last year, including one a year ago this week, that
Pyongyang claimed involved hydrogen bombs.
North Korea's September 2016 test had an estimated yield of about 10
kilotons, higher than in any of its previous four tests but likely too
low to have come from a hydrogen bomb. The Threat From North Korea's
In photos published by North Korean state media before Sunday's
nuclear test, Mr. Kim gestured toward a bulbous silver device that
appeared capable of holding the two nuclear devices that would be
necessary for a thermonuclear blast.
A hydrogen bomb-technically known as a thermonuclear weapon-typically
uses a smaller, primary atomic explosion to ignite a secondary, much
larger blast. The first stage is based on nuclear fission-the
splitting of atoms-and the second on nuclear fusion, which combines
atoms, smashing them together and unleashing more energy. Additional
stages can be added to increase its destructive force.
That makes the H-bomb more powerful than early nuclear weapons that
typically used a single-stage blast based only on nuclear fission.
Those weapons are known as "pure fission" devices and are thought to
have been used in all of North Korea's first three nuclear tests,
which it said involved atomic bombs.
Sunday's nuclear test came just before Chinese President Xi Jinping
was set to give a speech at a summit of the five so-called Brics
countries, including Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa, being
held in the southern Chinese coastal city of Xiamen.
China's environmental ministry posted online Sunday evening that it
has initiated emergency protocol for possible radiation from North
Korea at 11:46 a. m. local time (11:46 p. m. EDT), and is currently
monitoring radiation on the northeast border.
The Government's Plan To Survive Nuclear War Doesn't
Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com Jun 24, 2017 7:50 PM
Once again this week, the United States teetered a little closer
towards war with the Russians. On Sunday, the US military shot down a
Syrian jet that was allegedly targeting US backed forces. The Russians
have since claimed that the aircraft was engaging ISIS, and have
revealed that their air defense systems will now track any of our
aircraft that happen to fly over Western Syria. They also suspended a
hotline between the US and Russia that was in place to prevent mid-air
collisions over the crowded skies of Syria.
Amid incidents like this, you have to wonder what our government is
thinking. For most Americans, Syria must seem inconsequential. Why is
our military involved in a country, where we are brushing shoulders
with a nuclear armed nation? If it’s to fight ISIS, then we could
easily sit back and let Russian and Syrian forces wipe them out. If
it’s to affect regime change, then clearly our government hasn’t
learned anything from Iraq or Afghanistan. Why are we risking a war
with the Russians just to influence the outcome of a regional civil
war that has little bearing on the daily lives of most Americans?
The answer to that question could probably fill a novel, but there
is one reason that the elites in Washington will never admit to. They
can afford to make careless decisions because they are insulated from
the results. If there is a war with Russia, which could easily turn
into a nuclear war, they’ll have plenty of spacious bunkers to hide
out in while the rest of America burns. And that’s been our
government’s plan in regards to nuclear war since the beginning of the
That’s the main takeaway from a new book called Raven Rock: The Story
of the US Government’s Plan to Save Itself. Our government has spent
decades building sprawling bunkers, like Raven Rock, that high ranking
officials can flee to in the event of a nuclear war.
The idea for Raven Rock was to have a military base that would
function as an alternative to the Pentagon and would be dug out of a
mountain and deep enough to survive any Russian attack.
A site was chosen six miles from Camp David, the Presidential retreat
in Maryland, and work began in 1951 on the $17 million project
Some 300 men worked round the clock in three shifts to carve a 3,100ft
tunnel out of the granite; engineers invented technology as they went
along including blast doors and blast valves.
Inside the facility there was 100,000sq/ft of office space in five
parallel caverns big enough to hold a three story building in each.
The entire facility could fit 1,400 people and was placed on giant
springs to reduce the impact of a blast.
Meanwhile, as they were building these bunkers and trying to convince
Americans that nuclear war could be easily survivable, behind the
scenes they knew it would be a bloodbath for civilians.
At the end of the 1950s, the FCDA created ‘Battleground USA’, a grim
120-page report on how cities should manage civil defense operations
in the event of an attack.
It said that the area should be divided into ‘mortuary zones’ with
‘collection teams’ in charge of identifying bodies.
Post Office mail trucks would ferry the wounded to one of 900
improvised hospitals set up near attack sites in places like federal
In Kansas officials planned to confiscate household vitamins for use
by the general population.
Planners estimated they could assemble two million pounds of food
after an attack from their own reserves and from stores.
They could also could find 11 million ‘man-days’ of food in the
forests and plains in rabbit meat, 10 million ‘man-days of wild birds
and five million ‘man-days’ of fish.
Most chillingly they budgeted nearly 20 million ‘man-days’ of meat in
It was disturbing reading and a view of the world that summed up by
Eisenhower in one meeting: ‘The destruction might be such that we
might ultimately have to go back to bows and arrows’
During another meeting Eisenhower admitted that nation didn’t have
‘enough bulldozers to scrape the bodies off the street’ in the event
of a nuclear strike’.
And as we all know, our government didn’t take many measures to
protect civilians from the potential carnage that would be inflicted
by a nuclear war. They didn’t build many bunkers for the rest of us.
At first glance that may sound like an impossible task, but it’s not.
Take Switzerland for instance. Despite not having any nuclear weapons,
they’ve built enough fallout shelters to house every Swiss citizen.
You might say that we could never afford that many shelters, but it’s
not a question of cost. Switzerland’s GDP per capita is similar to
The truth of the matter, is that our leaders don’t give a damn
about what happens to American civilians. As long as they have their
bunkers, they feel safe while antagonizing nuclear armed nations like
Russia. They know that if there’s a war, they’ll survive while the
rest of us burn and starve.
Make no mistake, if there’s ever a war with Russia, you’ll be on your
own. Whether or not you survive depends entirely on your willingness
and ability to prepare now.
ASPECTS OF RADIATION INCIDENTS
Nuclear war is only
one aspect of knowing how to prepare for a nuclear
disaster. The situation in Japan after the
earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, shows that
people should know the basics. The link above from
Oak Ridge contains a lot of useful
reactors at Fukushima, Japan melted down within 16 hours
of the earthquake and tsunami on March 11th and
was a full-blown nuclear meltdown. Now, six years later,
Japanese authorities still have not found the melted cores below the
Watch the jet stream and
radiation page. I will update it every day when possible.
Now it just has the readings from Fukushima so they do not get lost
into the mist of time.
We face many
different types of "war" in the near future, and each
requires specialized preparations. The anticipated
flu pandemic can be considered as biological warfare,
for example. But with the U. S. and Israel planning
a bombing campaign on Iran which involves nuclear
weapons, we must be prepared for retaliation. Other
countries have the capability of waging nuclear war, and
even state sponsored terrorist groups such as Al Quida
claim to have nuclear weapons.
Top Police Officer
Warns That Nuclear Attack Is Inevitable -
Iran a war that would unleash an apocalyptic scenario
in the Middle East is probable by the end of the Bush
Experts: U. S.
unprepared for nuclear terror attack
to evacuate could "put you on a crowded freeway where
you'll be stuck in traffic and get the maximum
radiation exposure." Yet, "...the only choice for
most people would be to flee" because they are
Nuclear Attack and Invasion of United
Putin Not Able To
Track All Nukes
Light, Big City (Nuclear attack on NYC, a
See Shelter Savvy, by Hal Walter; Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
and the Preparedness
Evaluation, a checklist for your
we going to do about North Korea? North Korea can take
out the 7th Fleet at Yokohama Harbor and all US bases in
South Korea with their enriched uranium (Capt. Parsons
type) nuclear bombs. On Sept. 24, 2004, North Korea
announced they could turn American bases in Japan into a
sea of fire."). North Korea can - and has! -
hit the West Coast of America with their 4 stage
rockets...the next time it will be with plutonium (Los
Alamos) type nuclear weapons. North Korea announced on
May 15th, 2003 that they did indeed have a half dozen
miniaturized h-bombs that are targeted
on Washington, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San
Francisco and Seattle. North Korea will begin the war
with a cyber-war attack on our Internet - a
prime requisite in asymmetrical warfare when fighting a
larger enemy. North
Korea DOES have nukes AND the missiles with which to
our attention is diverted with the Iraq war,
Taiwan is afraid China will use that opportunity to
attack them, North Korea is threatening both South Korea
and Japan, Japan announced on Feb. 13, 2003, that they
are considering a pre-emptive strike against North
India have Russian Onyx supersonic cruise missiles that
could take out any US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf as
well as hit Israel in about 3 minutes...and we are
committed to the defense of Israel...and thus World War
feels they are in a "use them or lose them" situation
with their nukes, and could well start a war with
has warned us that Osama bin Laden reportedly has 20
backpack nukes purchased from former Soviet agents, with
the majority of them are already present in America.
These are small nukes, from 5 to 13 KT, and suitable for
hard target installations such as dams and bridges. On
Feb. 11, 2003, in an interview, a leader of
Al Quida, Al-Asuquf said; "There are already seven nuclear devices
on American soil which were put in place before September
11th and are ready to be detonated."
Osama's biographer says nukes in U.
twenty small nukes is irrelevant - General Lebed and
both stated that Russian Spetsnaz soldiers brought
backpack and suitcase
nukes to America over the years and hid them. If just
one each was placed on Hoover Dam and Grand Coulee Dam,
the western half of the country would be blacked out for
decades to come...life would change forever virtually
overnight. The East Coast isn't safe, either. If just one
backpack nuke were detonated in New York City, the
financial center of the world would crumble far, far
worse than the Twin Towers falling on September 11,
2001. I have no doubt the government is doing
everything it can to find these nukes, but if it cannot,
don't expect to be told, as the "Powers That Be" do not
want to panic the masses. From whatever source, it
would appear that nuclear bombs are already in
And now America is
proposing to let battlefield commanders have control of
tactical nuclear weapons for a preemptive first strike. The line
between tactical and strategic nuclear weapons exists
only in the minds of ivory tower theoreticians. With
either, we are at the mercy of the LEAST STABLE person
who has their finger on the button. Many nations
are preparing for a paralyzing EMP first strike! The latest word -
May 27, 2005 - is that Iran
is now equipped for an atomic weapon, news that
reportedly stunned President Bush.
I recommend you
have potassium iodide and a full range radiation
survey meter at home, plus the NukAlert to carry with you
at all times. The NukAlert was submitted by Shane
Connor for certification and they Passed EMP immunity and
meet MIL-STD-461D, RS105, so you can depend upon the
NukAlert working after a nuclear
iodide is a quite remarkable mineral salt with an
amazing variety of uses beyond
simply protecting the thyroid gland against radioactive
iodine and cesium. In tablet form, potassium iodide
and potassium iodate are available from www.KI4U.com and other sources
(such as www.anbex.com) in tablet form.
The tablets are a convenient way of taking potassium
iodide, but at prices approaching $14.00 per 10 tablets
can get expensive very quickly. For years, SSKI was
only available with a prescription from a physician,
which naturally drove up the cost and in many cases made
it almost impossible to obtain without begging or
"advertising" your personal preparations. Now,
Super-Saturated potassium iodide (SSKI) can be purchased
in one ounce bottles (1250 drops) for $40.00 from the
Dispensary online, or toll-free at 1 (888) 893-6878
(as of 3.17.2011). Protect an entire family for far
less than the cost in tablet form! Be sure to
read all the precautions about SSKI use at this link. They have Potassium
Iodide in stock as of 11:20 AM, Friday, May 20,
Many nations are
preparing for a paralyzing EMP
first strike! With the threat of an EMP nuclear attack from Iran,
you need to know about Practical
Protection from "EMP" and build some Faraday cages for
your electronic equipment. The blue links are
active hyperlinks to existing articles that are extremely
important in these troublesome
Even if you have
taken the protective measures shown on the EMP page, the most likely timing of an EMP
attack would be before noon on the West Coast, about 3:00
PM on the East Coast, to catch as many vehicles on the
highway as possible - and while people are at work, far
from their homes. The roads would be clogged with
vehicles that no longer worked, families separated, and
thus maximum disruption of the economy and
fear instilled in the populace. Remember, an EMP
attack would be a terrorist's dream, and causing maximum
panic in the civilian population would factor highly into
the timing of such an event. Therefore, wise people
will have an evacuation plan
already formulated and have their vehicles protected as much as possible
against EMP and theft.
Folks, we do have a problem.
We know something is going to happen, whether it be a
rogue nuclear attack, a dirty nuke, biowar with an
engineered avian flu (NK is reportedly working on that),
perhaps another "surprise" like 9/11 to initiate Martial
Law. Some "events" would mandate evacuations for some of
us, other events would strongly indicate staying in
place. The trick is being alert and prepared for whatever
comes our way.
Any one of the events mentioned above would be enough to
topple the US economy, as our economy is based on
consumer spending, and the US dollar is backed by nothing
but the "confidence" of a gullible public. Depending upon
one's location, an economic collapse might well be
sufficient for those located in large metropolitan areas
with a high population of inner city "youths" to want to
get out of that environment quickly. Those already living
in the country, or more than a tank of gasoline removed
from such a metropolitan area would most probably be safe
right where they are.
A nuclear scenario is another such case, where those in a
localized fallout area would want to evacuate to a safer
area. But a nuclear attack which involved a half dozen or
more nukes on the West Coast would send radiation across
the country, following the jet stream. After seven hours,
fallout has lost about 90% of the strength it had one
hour after the explosion. After two days it has lost 99%;
in two weeks 99.9% of its strength is gone. Nevertheless,
if the radiation at the beginning were high enough, the
remaining 0.1% could be dangerous. This mitigates for
staying under cover, in place, for about two weeks.
Evacuating into a radioactive environment would not be
the swiftest thing to do. The movies "Threads" and "The
Day After" provide startling glimpses into the status of
those who wander about in the open during a period of
intense fallout. But if at the end of those two weeks the
radiation level is still high (within 80 miles downwind
of a surface blast, for example), then a swift evacuation
would be readily advisable.
So we have to play it by ear, not knowing exactly what
move to make until something actually happens. But we
have to be prepared to do something
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