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Another North Korean Nuke Test As Artificial 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Detected In DPRK

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Update: S.KOREA RAISES MILITARY READINESS LEVEL, YONHAP REPORTS; South Korean news agency Yonhap says U.S., China informed about the North Korea nuclear test on Monday

Just because it has been off the headlines for a while, the time has come for North Korea to remind everyone it is still there, somewhere, with what appears another underground nuclear test, a few short years after that last one from May 2009.

  • USGS says earthquake of 4.9 scale detected in North Korea near to known nuclear test site - RTRS
  • Seismic activity has been detected in North Korea. North Korea is not prone to seismic activity, it could indicate a nuclear test - RTRS
  • Seismic activity detected in DPRK... believed to be "man-made" per various ROK sources - VOA
  • Artificial earthquake detected in N. Korea - Yonhap
  • S. Korea's presidential office checking reports of artificial quake in N. Korea - Yonhap
  • Lee convenes National Security Council meeting amid suspected N. Korean nuclear test - Yonhap

From the USGS:

Abe, who will likely see this event as a catalyst for much more easing by the BOJ, issued this response:

The Prime Minister’s instruction


(after the information of the implementation of a nuclear test by North Korea)


February 12, 2013 at 12:13pm


(Provisional Translation)


1      Conduct information gathering and analysis by the ministries and agencies concerned with a sense of urgency,
2      Provide the public with the accurate information,
3      Collaborate with the countries concerned including the United States, the Republic of Korea, China and Russia.



Of course, since this won't have any impact on the only wars that matter, the currency ones, it is unlikely that anything but more jawboning, and hard language out of both South Korea, the US and the UN, will come out of this attempt by DPRK to appear relevant.

And this just a bit earlier:

After North Korea vowed to continue firing long-range rockets without mentioning a promised nuclear test, South Korea's defense ministry said Tuesday Pyongyang could launch missiles and detonate a nuclear device simultaneously.


South Korea has been put on high alert since the North last month threatened to conduct a third atomic test to protest strengthened sanctions for its December rocket launch, with some expecting the tension to enter the most critical phase this week ahead of political events.


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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:21 | 3235563 Dr. Engali
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Clearly bullish for broken windows. BTFD!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:24 | 3235568 Ahmeexnal
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There go reactors 2, 4 and 5 at Fuku.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:34 | 3235767 ihedgemyhedges
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Perfect. Just in time to kill the defense sequester.........

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 01:04 | 3235844 Big Slick
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Tue, 02/12/2013 - 01:40 | 3235896 redpill
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I don't even get up to check the kids for a 5.1

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 10:26 | 3236250 Big Slick
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Did you know 2 dozen North Korean consultants were killed in the presumed Israeli bombing of Iran's nuke site a couple of weeks ago?

I wonder if that in any way had an effect on this test (timing, etc).

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 04:37 | 3236027 Apostate2
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No, warm up the red swan.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:34 | 3235596 ACP
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Could just be some hard core Russian techno at a bunga-bunga party.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 01:09 | 3235853 Big Slick
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Gangnam Style

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:37 | 3235606 a growing concern
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I think I can hear Krugman's screams of passion now.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:13 | 3235703 CrimsonAvenger
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Are you sure that's not the sounds of manatees doing it? It's easy to confuse the two.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:39 | 3235610 JP McManus
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Why you breakin' my barrs, Hans Brix? Burrish!!!

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:09 | 3235696 SMG
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So the Chinese client state, threatens the US Client state of Japan.  And we all sit back and watch the muppet show.  Wake up fellow citizens, stop WWIII before it's too late. Just saying.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 01:24 | 3235871 Arkadaba
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I agree with your description wrt client states but we can't stop it.

We couldn't stop the Iraq war from happening even though there was massive opposition to that war and some saw through the "weapons of mass deception - sorry mass destruction" bullshit. 

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:14 | 3235707 QE49er
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Somewhere in the icy far north of Korea, a band of military personnel are dancing to Soul Finger...

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:24 | 3235735 Dingleberry
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See what happens when you don't finish the job?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:25 | 3235572 besnook
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and the aftershocks seem to resemble laughter from china.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:26 | 3235575 Iriestx
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5.1?  They're getting good at this.  The strongest seismic activity from an underground US nuclear test was 6.8.


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:40 | 3235612 buzzsaw99
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Richter is log 10.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:44 | 3235626 Iriestx
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Turn it up to 11 and break off the knob.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:50 | 3235577 lolmao500
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Nothing really... unless Mount Baedku wakes up...

N. Korean nuke test could impact volcanic activity at Mt. Paekdu

Mt. Baekdu eruption's impact on NE Asia

If a volcano, located on the border between North Korea and China erupts, damage could be 10 to 100 times greater than that caused by the April 2010 eruptions in Iceland. Experts predict that the ashes would not only hit the neighboring area but damage agriculture and cause serious disruptions in industrial activities and air flights. The Korean Peninsula, China, Japan and Russia would be severely damaged.

The eruption of the 2,744 meter-high mountain was billed as the largest in the history of mankind and was about 50 times stronger than that of Mt. Vesuvius of Italy in 79 A.D. which led to the burying and destruction of the Roman city Pompeii.

Among other indicators backing the scenario of a future eruption is the height of Mt. Baekdu, which has grown nearly 10 centimeters since 2002. Experts say an expanding magma pool, a precondition for an eruption, is gradually pushing up the height of the mountain as well as the temperature on the surface. On Oct. 1, 2006, a Russian satellite found the surface temperature of the mountain notably higher than before. The finding came just days after North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test in its northern territory, which could have been a catalyst reactivating magma flows, according to analysts.

The greatest victim of a Mt. Baekdu explosion may be North Korea, especially Yanggang and Hamgyeong Provinces. The two regions, located on the tip of the Korean Peninsula, may be covered with ash in just two hours.

In about eight hours, ash may reach Ulleungdo and Dokdo, two far eastern islands of South Korea, and in 12 hours, land on Tottori Prefecture, Japan. After 18 hours, volcanic ash would likely spread beyond Japan.

Mt. Baekdu’s caldera has nearly two billion tons of water. If volcanic heat evaporates the water and is mixed suddenly with volcanic ashes, it would be strong enough to engulf even Vladivostok in Russia and Hokkaido in northern Japan, according to experts. The construction of nuclear power plants by North Korea and China in the neighborhood may certainly pose a grave threat to all Northeast Asians, with the view that Mt. Baekdu’s explosion would for sure cause subsequent nuclear catastrophes, as seen in Japan’s 2011 tsunami disaster.

Can you say black swan?? We'll see in a few days/weeks/months...

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:35 | 3235770 reader2010
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That would be super bullish tho.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:44 | 3235785 lolmao500
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Yeah several fukushimas... millions forced to move...reduced crop yields and it's effects... real bullish.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:46 | 3235794 ZeroAvatar
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Any decent explosion could easily remove 1/2 mile of elevation from the mountain, raining back down as 'bombs' .  Yellowstone awaits a similar fate.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 08:19 | 3236165 LongSoupLine
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"...with the view that Mt. Baekdu’s explosion would for sure cause subsequent nuclear catastrophes..."


Mt. Baekdu's eruption would pale in comparison to the one in fucking Krugman's pants if it happens.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 08:47 | 3236201 krispkritter
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I wish something would blow, other than our governments pathetic rantings at NK.


Some dumbasses voted in our Barack Swan and all I got was this lousy tax bill...

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:26 | 3235581 medium giraffe
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Yeah, yeah, so you've got nukes and a nutbag leader.  Take a ticket and wait in line like everyone else....

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:45 | 3235600 Iriestx
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Yeah, well, the people voted Obama in, so we're stuck with him.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:50 | 3235637 Ahmeexnal
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"the people" is not the same as "Diebold".

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:04 | 3235686 Iriestx
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There's no need to rig the machines.   First, they'll get their puppet in no matter which half of the false choice between (R) and (D) get in.  Secondly, there are enough people on welare and illegal immigrants voting to ensure an Obama victory for a thousand years.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:15 | 3235689 Al Gorerhythm
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Yeah, but who needs Diebold when you've got or P36x8rTb3jI as a majority or this as your champion

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:03 | 3235683 AlaricBalth
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North Korea
Nuclear capability - Check
Nutbag leader - Check
Oil production 118 bbl/day - Sorry

Now if N Korea were producing 4,252,000 bbl/day like Iran does, the US would be paying quite a bit more attention.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:10 | 3235693 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Expect the US to respond by carpet bombing Nepal.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 01:03 | 3235837 Big Slick
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AlaricBalth, the first line of your post did not come through.  Can I assume you are talking about the US?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 01:47 | 3235910 AlaricBalth
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Touché !

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 02:08 | 3235938 Ineverslice
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Lol, all of the above.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:44 | 3235787 Hangfire
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How many barrels of oil do you think Iran would be willing to part with for a nuke?  

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 05:05 | 3236043 Wile-E-Coyote
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How do you know it wasn't an Iraninan nuke? Maybe the two of them are sharing the work load.

Think about it the day Iran tests a nuke on its own soil the Jews will go ape shit. So test it elsewhere.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 05:06 | 3236044 medium giraffe
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All hail mighty petrodollar!

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 08:04 | 3236145 goldenbuddha454
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We need to shut down that Keystone Pipeline, we might piss-off Saudi Arabia and destabilize the region!   Oh wait, we already did destabilize the region when we overthrew Mubarak, when we took over Libya and when we said hooray for Algeria.  Isn't diplomacy wonderful?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 08:48 | 3236203 matrix2012
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Iran should contact N.Korea to get some ready-stock deterrence packages, pay them twice or thrice or even 5X the market price, in barbarous relics.

Upon being ready announce it openly, skipping all waste in dealing with the phony watchdog, IAEA and all other crook neighbors. Only then the relative peace will return to the Persian Gulf.

In today's world of Wild Wild West go nuke is the only viable solution to deny any extortion or even occupation!!!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:30 | 3235588 azzhatter
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another stern letter from UN incoming

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 05:58 | 3236074 StychoKiller
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Perhaps they'll escalate up to...THE COMFY CHAIR!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:38 | 3235609 lolmao500
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NHK: PM Abe to convene at his office emergency meeting at 12:45 JST re possible nuclear test.

(URGENT) Lee convenes National Security Council meeting amid suspected N. Korean nuclear test

Can you drop a bunch of MOABs on Pyongyang already??

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:43 | 3235624 chump666
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Japan probably has tactical nukes

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:46 | 3235632 Iriestx
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I'm sure China's twat is dripping wet at the prospect of them doing something to Best Korea.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:01 | 3235673 chump666
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Of course, Nth Korea is China's attack dog or false flag nation.  And I'll bet China is 100% behind this test as was 2012 missle test.

Sh*t is getting hot. 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:41 | 3235613 Joe moneybags
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Hopefully, the N. Koreans will test every one of their nuclear weapons.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:43 | 3235618 lolmao500
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US: Strike on N. Korea Possible if Nuclear Test Held

The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command says the U.S. may launch a surgical strike against missile bases and nuclear test sites in North Korea if it conducts a third nuclear test.

Admiral Samuel Locklear explained the U.S.'s position on Tuesday at a meeting with South Korean defense journalists at the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC) in Seoul.

Locklear said Washington is closely watching the North in relation to the possibility of a third nuclear test, adding the U.S. and South Korea are looking at all options including a surgical strike.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:51 | 3235805 Banksters
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They ain't gonna do shit.   Da gov only attacks countries that are unable to defend themselves.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:55 | 3235819 lolmao500
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Well of course. This was only to show how the US is as full of shit on NKorea as NKorea is on SKorea.

With an array of artillery trained on Seoul, North Korea could easily blast the glass towers of the South's booming capital for days and kill huge numbers of civilians before US and South Korean forces prevailed, experts said.

"Official Pentagon models assume it would take months to win the war at a cost approaching one million casualties or more, all told, including dead and wounded," Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told AFP.

"And that's without nuclear weapons being used," said O'Hanlon, who wrote a book looking at the effects of a potential war.

Or chemical weapons or biological weapons...

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:58 | 3235826 Banksters
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Kill em all and let God sort them out- Pope Barely Legal

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 02:26 | 3235956 Manic by Proxy
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Well, if the military can define an attack using high-yield ordnance and high velocity solids as "surgical", then I'm canceling that appointment for the vasectomy by my military surgeon.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:43 | 3235620 Clowns on Acid
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Hillary can get to scream "What difference does it make!" to a Senate committee.
Hillary will never be the man her mother was.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 01:30 | 3235880 Manic by Proxy
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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:44 | 3235625 Rusty Shorts
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Team America is on it.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:41 | 3235781 Hi Ho Silver
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Fuck Yeah!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:44 | 3235627 lolmao500
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media: South Korea has raised military readiness posture and government calls emergency national security meeting.


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:48 | 3235629 Dapper Dan
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at the depth indicated we can see it was a weapon


Don't bomb me bro

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:50 | 3235642 Cabreado
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Nothing more than a sustaining gift to the MIC.


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:51 | 3235644 Mister Minsk
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DPRK doing it Gangnam Style!

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 02:55 | 3235973 Vlad Tepid
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Gangnam Style got old faster than "You didn't build that."  What's our next mindless slogan we can repeat ad naseum for exactly 5 weeks and 4.3 days?  Gotts'ta turn on my cable to know!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:59 | 3235647 lolmao500
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Yonhap quotes gov't official saying notified U.S., China of test plan a day earlier.

NKorea got a special relation with the commies... Obama and China.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:53 | 3235650 LMLP
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The south also warned 2-3 days ago that they would pre-emptively strike if they were 'going' to do this test... oooops too late!! May get ugly...

South Korea will launch a pre-emptive strike against Pyongyang if the antagonist to its north moves to test a nuclear weapon. Seoul said a first strike would be preferable to North Korea getting an atomic weapon, even if it risked open war.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:26 | 3235743 AlaricBalth
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The old " I dare you to cross this line" threat.
Just like Bugs and Sam.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:32 | 3235756 Dr. Engali
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Okay next time we reeeeaaallllyyy mean it. One more test and we are going to put our foot down and make a firm statement of condemnation at the U. N. ........ ....okay one more time and...

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:59 | 3235665 Michelle
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This is a job for Dorner, if he can't do it no one can.


Tue, 02/12/2013 - 13:46 | 3237102 mumcard
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Why am I hearing the A-Team theme?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:00 | 3235670 erg
erg's picture's just another rather big red dot in the last hour or so.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:05 | 3235685 Fix It Again Timmy
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We will bury you with kim chee....

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:13 | 3235704 venturen
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Isn't that what woke up Godzilla?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:27 | 3235741 lolmao500
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Update : Dong-A Ilbo: US-#ROK Combined Forces upgrade WATCHON from level 3 to 2.

WATCHCON 2 is in effect amidst indications of a vital threat.

Watchcon 1 is war... so hold on to your adult diapers... you may need them soon enough.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:27 | 3235750 Spectre
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Now, if Iran had tested one today, there would have been several fireballs still smoldering.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:32 | 3235758 reader2010
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First, they starve their own people and then they nuke them. Nukes For Food.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 02:22 | 3235951 Ineverslice
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Those poor kids... Send some of that frozen lasagne from the U.K. their ways, donkey DOngs and all.  FFS!

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:35 | 3235759 moonstears
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Nothing to see here, kim jong un lookin' for unicorn lairs...again...

from this important NKorean scientific study, note the evidence: "A rectangular rock carved with words "Unicorn Lair" stands in front of the lair."

"The carved words are believed to date back to the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392)," says the report.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:33 | 3235762 bankonzhongguo
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North Korea would not exist if it were not for China.

Think of those guys as Panama is to the US.

Now the REAL issue that DOD is worried about is China using DPRK as a proxy to launch a suborbital nuke over the US. Even three 10 kiloton devices sufficiently miniaturized (thanks to the Chinese and the Pakistanis) would out blast a single 1 megaton bomb - for EMP purposes only.

As long as you can boost it to at least 60km above San Jose - goodbye West Coast and all the basic science that it possessed.

The PLA and CPS are feverishly thinking not if, but when war with the US cranks up.  Think of it as their version of "preemptive war."

The calculation is - let Korea take the heat and China can sell everything the US needs to rebuild itself in exchange for real assets and a little gold.  US forces could not mount a global war without high tech logistics - unless it used nukes - which does not hold the ground.

I would hate to see what a California nuke reactor does after an EMP strike.  I hope they keep the diesel generators in Faraday cages.

Yep.  Three Unha-3s on mobile launchers set with at least 10-20 kiloton devices aimed at the US of A.  Now that is asymmetric.

If I was Dr Evil that would be my plan. 

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:44 | 3235786 Banksters
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The problem is this:  All the nuclear power plants melt down, and in a couple of weeks, China is glowing green right along with us.



Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:35 | 3235768 Yen Cross
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 Futures didn't even budge. What a pavlovian(conditioned) world we live in.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 01:37 | 3235890 Arkadaba
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Hmmm ... pavlonian testing refers to a conditioned response to stimuli and a true pavlonian response would be significant (statistically).

The fact that futures didn't even budge suggests a non-pavlonian response. And what does that mean? Who knows. I don't. 


Tue, 02/12/2013 - 03:12 | 3235989 LMLP
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Chinese New Year affect... asian desks have minimal staff at best... reaction should be from London and New York

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:41 | 3235778 Banksters
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Good for them! 

It is just a matter of time before someone fucks up.   In the meantime, this is about the only way to stop team America from trying to control the world- I mean to spread freedom.   Snark

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 01:15 | 3235858 FleaMarketPete
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yeah well, fuck obama.  the idiot in chief will probably drone the shit out of them.  good thing they don't target pussies...oh wait.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 00:41 | 3235779 thedrickster
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The Won has barely budged but what about the Dong!?!?!

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 08:41 | 3236191 krispkritter
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Long Dong! (OK, somebody had to say it!)

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 01:08 | 3235838 FleaMarketPete
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we really need to wipe these fanbois off the planet.  that's the only way they will learn. And I will fuck all of their old women, moms, and childern gangnam style.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 01:07 | 3235849 chump666
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* North Korea seismic activity could be from 10-kiloton nuclear blast, Japan government holding security council meeting - Reuters.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 01:24 | 3235870 Weyland_Yutani
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I thought it was their great leader who had a fecal matter.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 01:26 | 3235878 Manic by Proxy
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Kim Jong-il bestowed the name "Brilliant Comrade" on Kim Jong-un. Savor the brilliant. Honor the Comrade.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 01:31 | 3235881 Divine Wind
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I learned of the test within ~60 sec of the seismic event via a text message to my phone.

The service:

Our firm has used them for over a decade to stay informed of SHTF types of events.

Worth checking out.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 01:45 | 3235906 lolmao500
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Obama is already bowing down to NKorea :

claims "US offers to negotiate" with North Korea.


Tue, 02/12/2013 - 09:25 | 3236246 matrix2012
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David has a funny tweet though it may have a good virtue, N.Korea just wanna do the QC doing some random test on their piling stocks! After all, doing the proper QC avoiding any defect is advisable.

David Sanger @SangerNYT

"NK conundrum: US offers to negotiate, they test. US freezes them out, they test. China warns them, they test. Maybe they just want to test."

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 02:59 | 3235978 slackrabbit
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Beyound the MSM retoric, Kim Jong Un has opened up a free trade distrcit on china border and has been retiring old generals as fast as it won't get him assisnated.

Pity we don't hear that good news in the MSM, but hey we gotta keep the facade going, the last thing is another outbreak of peace like in 1989...

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 03:00 | 3235979 q99x2
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I thought they were our allies. Isn't Obama planning to use them against the US?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 03:31 | 3235998 ebworthen
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So will that underground nuke test help the cabbages grow bigger?  The potatoes?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 03:41 | 3236004 The Fonz...befo...
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Iran now glaring back at the west....

"WELL! What are you going to do about it?"

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 03:54 | 3236010 uncle_vito
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I might have to move out of Calif.  I do not want to be a nuke target.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 04:07 | 3236015 IridiumRebel
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Taxifornia! Come for the taxes....stay for the nukes!

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 09:38 | 3236277 matrix2012
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Denver looks like much safer, and it has the most advanced and the largest airport, Denver International Airport.

Situated in the middle of the heartland where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the Pale Horse of Death awaits any guest arrival!


Tue, 02/12/2013 - 10:15 | 3236399 ZeroAvatar
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Yeah, and NORAD, too!  Ground Zero and anywhere within 50 miles. (Unfortunately, not all nukes land on their designated targets)

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 04:33 | 3236024 Apostate2
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Calm people. Just AnAnonymous farting. New Year of the Snake is a bitch.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 05:17 | 3236055 Super Broccoli
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4.9 ???? so that nuke wasn't 20 Kilotons big after all

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 06:16 | 3236083 jubber
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and Gold take another big leg down on this news?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 07:27 | 3236115 Crassus
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Becoming a nuclear power is the primary foreign policy goal of every populous nation that finds itself outside of the Anglo-American banking system and copyright/patent treaty organizations. Also, former test sites make excellent national parks.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 08:26 | 3236134 goldenbuddha454
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Nuclear Blackmail.  Shouldn't be long before Iran works the same magic especially with the honorable John Kerry as Secretary of State.  Matter of fact I think I see 100 U.N. boats filled with food heading there right now!  Isn't diplomacy wonderful?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 08:16 | 3236161 kralizec
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As long as it doesn't let Godzilla out of his lair everyone is cool with it, eh?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 08:24 | 3236170 goldenbuddha454
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If you think that the FED devaluing your dollar doesn't have consequences, think again.  This kind of sovereign arrogance is the result of the U.S. and Japan's currency wars to some degree.  China, the enabler, allows N. Korea to do whatever they want because they are using N. Korean labor because its even cheaper than chinese labor.  The U.S. and Japan have zero leverage to combat China's dominance in the region because we owe China 1.2 trillion already.  Japan owes them how much?  China tells N. Korea, don't worry about the U.S. and Japan, they don't have squat.  They can't even afford to refuel their aircraft carriers!

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 11:12 | 3236579 yogibear
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The way China can take down the US is economically. 

Wall Street, banksters, Obama, congress and the senate are already doing a great job of destroying the US economically.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 09:13 | 3236227 847328_3527
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Korea has fake earthquakes and the West has fake 'recoveries.'  So we're even, right?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 11:08 | 3236559 yogibear
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Now that North Korea has shrunk the size and increased yield.

Easer to slip through the borders in the US.  So many holes in the US borders and so much diversity.

They also can use it for MIRV rockets. 

The Chinese will keep the US busy with North Korea and take what they want from Japan.


Tue, 02/12/2013 - 12:52 | 3236929 Watson
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Are we entirely sure these really are nuclear?

Weren't the first US weapons all > 10kt?

Not easy to make a bomb from Pu, and hard to make U-235.

Maybe they made some progress (at great cost), then failed to get further, and then to avoid embarrassment/loss of face (at leader-level) or life (scientist-level) a lot of high-speed explosive plus some radioactive stuff set off instead.

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