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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:16 PM
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About the NK nuke test: Possibly a miniaturized bomb?
The North Korean nuclear test issue, and the claims about it being a failure due to the reported low yield, have put me to wondering: what if it wasn't?

The line we've always heard is that the NK nuke program was advanced enough that they didn't need to test their bombs to know that they work. But if you want to build nukes suitable for, say, deployment on submarine-based missiles, you need to miniaturize them, neccessitating a whole new set of technology. That technology might be somewhat less reliable than what they've got for larger bombs, meaning that they need to test it. Has anyone heard speculation on, or considered the possibility that, this was a test of a miniaturized bomb for use in submarine missiles?
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Rick Myers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:17 PM
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1. Thanks! One more thing to worry about...
You may be correct!!!! Great!!!
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:18 PM
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2. Enter the 1% doctrine...
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slater71 Donating Member (586 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:18 PM
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3. I was wondering also.
What if this was just a big pile of TNT? As soon as it was done the Koreans said there were no radiation leaks detected.Hmmm.
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BootinUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:19 PM
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4. I don't think that would be the first test though
More likely (seems to me) they would start with a more conventional approach and size of device. But we have Russias report that it was over 5000 kt, I am not sure the final word won't confirm that.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:20 PM
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5. In order to get a 0.5 kiloton yield...
you either need a nuclear weapon or 500 tons[/b} of TNT.
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Pavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:22 PM
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6. Nope
They do not have the technical ability to build a two stage weapon that would warrant a small yield primary.



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ThoughtCriminal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:32 PM
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7. More likely
It was a mis-fire or they were trying to use as little nuclear material as possible.
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:34 PM
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8. We should say we don't believe it...

...and keep asking them to do it again.
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