Monday, May 25, 2009

Definitely Disturbing...

So to give credit where credit is due, I'd like to acknowledge Daniel's round-the-clock vigil in finding Korea-related news. I just wanted to add a little tidbit. The article that I read this morning said that the explosion was between 10 & 20 kilotons or approximately the same size as the bombs that were used by the US on Nagasaki and Hiroshima during World War II. The article also mentioned that North Korea fired three surface-to-air missiles as well. I think its obvious that North Korea has tons of stuff hidden underground and hope that the UN forces them to let inspectors in for a further examination.


  1. Ok, I thought if I were a South Korean, I would probably be scared by the missiles and nuclear tests. I read your article and it reported this:

    "But on the streets of Seoul, where many were still mourning the suicide of former President Roh Moo-hyun, there was no palpable sense of fear in the hours after the North Korean nuclear test.

    'I see this test as North Korea's marketing strategy. They just seem to be playing games,' said Kim Sun-joo, 51, who works at a travel agency. 'I wouldn't say that South Korea is completely free of danger, but I don't think we are any more in danger than we were before. People here are used to these kinds of threats.'

    So, I guess if I were a South Korean, I would be used to this sort of thing. If I were him (Kim Sun-joo), I think I would atleast be upset, can't be good for the travel industry, right?

  2. I could be wrong, but I thought the missiles fired later in the day were ground-to-ship missiles. As I learned today, the North is responding to naval approaches of the South and the U.S., who are considering stopping and boarding any ships leaving the North. Like I said, though, I could have misread. Nice citing of the kilotonage of the bombs. Maybe you already read this, but they were supposedly .6 great than the previous one tested in '06 (then it measured a 7.0--now it was a 7.6).