Saturday, September 11, 2004

Shiit(ake)
from the mind of  Daredemo.

To follow up on Duke's head's up on DPRK's mushrooms...

BBC has this...

"The diplomatic source in Seoul said the mushroom cloud, with a radius of up to four kms (2.5 miles), was spotted in Yanggang province's Kimhyungjik county."

This sounds bad.

Japanese news has picked it up...

Yomiuri, Nikkei (in Japanese) are saying a 3.4-4 km mushroom cloud was produced, & the US is investigating via satellite... This happened on the 9th... This is the same as everybody else has though...

NY Times (off Drudge) has something too. -- this mentions that there were hints of test preparations.

A nuke test must be bad for Kerry, because CNN quotes a
Washington source suggesting it might be a forest fire, and takes that to make declaration that it definitely was not a nuke.

DPRK news doesn't have anything yet -- not sure that means anything though...

NKZone also has a post on this. Keep an eye on them and Marmot for info here... Marmot also notes that the site of the explosion has had suspicious activity in the past...

Chosun Ilbo has a map of where this supposedly happened -- Mt Baekdu I think is the mythical mountain of KJI's birth according to his hagiography. Wonder if he was up there viewing this as his "Founding Day" present... If this really was a nuke and was really on the Chinese border like this, China should be pissed. That would be good.

So OK, now we know where this supposedly happened, then we bounce over to Federation of American Scientists -- they at least have some maps of suspicious sites in DPRK... This looks useful -- so OK, they didn't blow up one of their production facilities... There does appear to be a missile site near there... Maybe they've imported more Syrian labor...

Just checking Japan weather, as another of our number may also be interested in which direction winds are blowing... Looks like at least at the moment winds if anything are stalled, but blowing more or less east to west, so no worries there.

I'm not surprised at all that DPRK would try a surface test -- assuming thats really what happened here. They're going to want to have photos of their mushroom cloud to put on their propaganda posters.

Maybe this will finally wake China and especially S. Korea that a blockade is necessary. No more of these 6 country tea parties -- lock them down!

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