North Korea successfully tests nuclear bomb -- Yonhap
North Korea reportedly conducts a successful nuclear test, according to an AP report. "South Korean government officials said North Korea performed its first-ever nuclear weapons test Monday, the South's Yonhap news agency reported." See Pajamas Media for ongoing, updated coverage. The seismic event has been measured by Korea and the USCGS. Initial calculations indicate a single digit kiloton or subkiloton yield. The US and Japan agree to tackle the problem via the UN. Also click on "Read More" and the discussion in comments.
Here are more developments from the Australian:
An official at South Korea’s presidential Blue House said the explosion was detected at 10:35am. It is understood to have originated from the Kilchu area of North Hamgyeong province in the country’s north-east.
"At this moment, President Roh Moo-hyun is holding an emergency meeting of the related ministers and, if this tremor is ultimately confirmed as a nuclear testing, this meeting will turn into a National Security Council meeting,” the official said. “We are promptly exchanging information with the concerned nations.”
Mr Roh is due to meet Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about 6:30pm Australia time. Yesterday in Beijing Mr Abe and China’s President Hu Jintao jointly called upon the North Korean regime to abandon its test plans.
The nuclear test was conducted not far from North Korea's missile launch facility. There are reports that the South Korean President is in conversation with President Bush. It is interesting that the North Koreans intentionally detonated the bomb while PM Abe of Japan was in Korea.
Now all the folks who wanted 400,000 troops in Iraq and thought the transformational initiative which emphasized technology and precision weapons were a crock may grudgingly conclude that maybe Donald Rumsfeld did have a point. The US requires a full-spectrum fighting force able to engage the AQ and North Korea. A world power like America needs to think of more than one theater of operations, always. Also critics may now remember how, unremarked, the administration pulled US troops back from the DMZ, which if they were still there would make them sitting ducks. As it is, they far enough back to give them a chance. Also, the unnoticed development of facilities at Guam have given the US a capability it now needs. Not everything, but something. That plus BMD defense. Maybe I'm looking for silver linings where none are to be found. But just maybe not everyone was asleep. Now, back to Foley.
USGS detects seismic event: 4.2 on the Richter Scale, depth 0 miles. Location 41.311°N, 129.114°E and 01:35:27 UTC which approximately corresponds to the 40 51N 129 40E of the North Korea missile launch site. The Guardian says the blast was announced at 2.36am. There is exactly a one hour difference in the between the UTC time of the USGS seismic event and British time due to the additional hour caused by daylight saving time (+1). This is probably the same event. A shallow underground test recorded at 4.2 on the Richter. Initial calculations indicate a single digit kiloton or subkiloton yield. See discussion below.