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News North Korea - another nuclear weapon test

  1. Sep 8, 2016 #1

    Astronuc

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    North Korea apparently detonated a nuclear weapon - again.

    M5.3 Explosion - 19km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea
    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10006n8a#executive
    2016-09-09 00:30:01 UTC 41.298°N 129.015°E 0.0 km depth

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/monitors-report-unusual-seismic-activity-north-korea-005818504.html [Broken]

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/key-dates-north-korean-history-weapons-development-052748683.html
     
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  3. Sep 9, 2016 #2
    Thus: the US is at war with a nuclear power.
     
  4. Sep 9, 2016 #3

    Vanadium 50

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    That's correct. And if DPRK keeps with launching rockets at Japan that may or may not contain a nuclear warhead, sooner or later it may well become the beneficiary of some rapid US disarmament, and turned into 46,000 square miles of glass inhabited by a few dozen glowing cockroaches. And China will then have its long desired buffer zone.
     
  5. Sep 14, 2016 #4

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    It doesn't seem feasible to me that the DPRK could manage a missile with a nuclear warhead in the next couple decades. The uranium weapon Little Boy had mass five tons, while the DPRK missile designs apparently have a payload of less than one ton. I suspect getting into the nuclear missile business requires lower mass thermonuclear weapons, or much higher missile payloads, or both. DPRK is not close to either. If that maniac is determined to attack Japan or S Korea, then floating a barge into a harbor seems more likely.
     
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  6. Sep 15, 2016 #5

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    *Cold* war perhaps. Otherwise the definition of war has lost touch with what it meant in WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan.
     
  7. Sep 15, 2016 #6
    There was a big difference between (WWI and WWII) versus (Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan). Those first two wars were "all out" and involved life changes to almost all Americans.

    By comparison, the later three were (along with many others) were limited expeditions. We sent troops over while keeping a wary eye on other global powers.

    So, including "cold", I would say there are at least three types of "war".

    And then there were the half wars - where a neighbor attacks Israel, Israel defends too well, and the superpowers decide the war needs to end before it is resolved on the battle field. Q: What's worse than finding a worm in your apple? A: Fighting half a war!
     
  8. Sep 15, 2016 #7

    mheslep

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    I start with American troops being sent into harms way. The other differences are a matter of degree. These are significant but secondary.
     
  9. Sep 15, 2016 #8

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    I believe @.Scott is referring to the paperwork issue whereby we are still technically engaged in The Korean War.
     
  10. Sep 15, 2016 #9

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    Thanks, I'd forgotten.
     
  11. Sep 15, 2016 #10
    To add to the "paperwork", they are currently holding a fully commissioned US Navy Ship.
     
  12. Sep 15, 2016 #11

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    That's part of the same paperwork issue. I doubt anyone is expecting we are going to get it back. We also have a handful of captured ships (subs) of about the same age that the Germans aren't asking to have back. When the peace treaty gets signed, they'll just strike it from the register as a casualty of the war.
     
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