North Korea Makes Bang-Bang

| February 12, 2013

In case anyone missed it:  North Korea conducted a nuclear test overnight.  It’s estimated to have had an explosive yield of 6 to 7 kilotons – or between 1/3 and 1/2 the yield of those used during World War II.

Even China was not amused, and reportedly summoned the North Korean ambassador to their foreign ministry for immediate consultations.

Perhaps the UN will actually grow a pair and impose meaningful sanctions this time.  As the kid in “Angels in the Outfield” said:  “Hey, it could happen!” – but I’m not holding my breath.

No word yet on when the hermit state plans to begin growing sufficient food to feed itself, or to provide a reasonable standard of living for their proletariat.

Category: Foreign Policy, Military issues

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  1. Adirondack Patriot says:

    Two points.

    First, when you read “North Korea,” you should see that as “North Korea/Iran.”

    Second, Obama’s piss-poor, man-gina response was to call the test “highly provocative.” He is a feckless moron.

    This test was illegal. “Highly Provocative” is how you describe thier language or a dress worn by Lady Gaga, Professor Obama. “Illegal” is how you describe a nuclear test that violates the very agreements that your nation signed witht them.

    As a bonus, let me ask this: Why is there no comments from Madeline Albright or Jimmy Carter in any of these articles?


    Pissed Off Again

  2. ohio says:

    And Bath House Barry sent them a sternly worded letter. The theatre of the absurd. And he wants to diminish our response capabilities.

  3. Twist says:

    Apparantly even China is getting sick of NK’s crap.

  4. David says:

    Next we’ll send John Kerry to throw a sternly worded reprimand over their fence

  5. Whitey_wingnut says:

    And BHO still wants to cut our nuclear weapons over half as well as continue to cut from the defense budget only.

  6. Adirondack Patriot says:

    Obama was angrier over the Israelis building a few apartments in East Jerusalem than he did about this.

  7. Roger in Republic says:

    Technically the UN is still at war with N. Korea. No treaty of peace was ever signed, a ceasefire agreement has been in place since 1954. I would think that a deliverable thermonuclear device would be sufficient provocation to negate the ceasefire.
    The only thing we lack is testicular fortitude. And boy, do we lack that!

  8. Ex-PH2 says:

    5.1 magnitude quake in Sungjibaegam, North Korea

    Event Time
    2013-02-12 02:57:51 UTC
    2013-02-12 11:57:51 UTC+09:00 at epicenter
    2013-02-11 20:57:51 UTC-06:00 system time
    41.302°N 129.066°E depth=1.0km (0.6mi)
    Nearby Cities
    23km (14mi) ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea
    35km (22mi) WNW of Hau-ri, North Korea
    43km (27mi) NNW of Kilju, North Korea
    52km (32mi) WSW of Hoemul-li, North Korea
    378km (235mi) NE of Pyongyang, North Korea

    Here’s the shortcut to the USGS report:

    The two previous tests registered on seismometers, just as this one did. This is the strongest detonation so far, 1/3 the strength of the Hiroshima bomb. This test took place in the previous testing area.

    I’m just waiting to see if they violate the above-ground test bans, too.

  9. PintoNag says:

    Anybody know exactly what sanctions can be meaningfully imposed on a self-isolated, starving country with nukes?

  10. NHSparky says:

    I was going to say, what good does it do to take away something from a country that already has nothing?

  11. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    The Chiner card is the only one of value in this game.

  12. PintoNag says:

    @12 This may be the only time I’m glad China holds our debt. They stand to lose if we get hit, so just maybe that is enough to make them deal seriously and expediously with NK.

  13. Hondo says:

    NHSparky: North Korea engages in more foreign trade than you might think. Trade between North and South Korea alone was close to 2 billion USD last year. North Korea’s 2008 total foreign trade was about 5.6 billion USD.

  14. Adirondack Patriot says:

    If Ronald Reagan were president today, he would have simply walked up to the microphone stand and said “A U.S. Navy carrier group has received new orders to proceed directly to the Sea of Japan. I will not be taking any questions. Thank you and God bless America.”

  15. A_Proud_Infidel says:

    If he does anything, B. Hussein 0bama will probably apologize to the Norkies for provoking them into testing a nuke!

  16. RM3(SS) says:

    Not “Mediumly provocative” but Highly Provocative! You tell ’em bad azz Barry!

  17. MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) says:

    @ 15 … ain’t that the truth!

  18. FatCircles0311 says:

    This was their response to US military policy allowing female operators.

  19. NHSparky says:

    6-7 KT would suck for anyone standing underneath it, but frankly, their delivery systems leave a bit to be desired yet, and their triggering for all we know consists of someone lighting the fuse and running like a sumbitch…

  20. Whitey_wingnut says:

    @20 The person they assign to the position of fuse lighter is any individual who spoke out against the regime.

  21. David says:

    I hope the Chinese are thinking “well, they may not be able to get a missile all the way to the US, but they’re right across the border from us” REALLY hard about now. The Norks have never been shy about shitting in anyone else’s hat.

  22. MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) says:


    The UN Security Council has opened emergency talks on North Korea’s nuclear test, as world powers made calls for “swift action”.

    The 15-nation council passed a resolution last month threatening “significant action”.

    The meeting comes after North Korea confirmed on Tuesday that it carried out a third nuclear test. UN monitoring agencies had earlier reported an “unusual seismic event”.


    “swift action” – hold a meeting and vote.

    “significant action” – order take out food from French restaurant on the upper eastside based on the vote.

    “unusual seismic event” – any sound or vibration louder than someone yelling for food, sounds and vibrations made by any type machinery and/or engine of industry, more than 10 to 15 automobiles or trucks operating at once.

  23. Ex-PH2 says:

    “Unusual seismic event” — yes, see my post #9 above. It registered 5.1 on the seismometer.

    That could also have been the result of all the Norks applauding at the successful test.

  24. Adirondack Patriot says:

    #23: Exactly. “Emergency action” at the UN means convening a hasty reception before the baked brie is 125 degrees and the chardonnay is allowed to breath for 5 minutes.

  25. Ex-PH2 says:

    I would like to know if we have any means of knocking a long-range missile, nuke or not nuke, from the Norks out of the sky, short of the deer-cooking ammo and plane-crashing bullets, and of course, Superman and Green Lantern, who ain’t got nothin’ on me.