It has now been confirmed, by both the South Koreans and the U.S. Geological Service, that North Korea has tested a nuclear device in an underground explosion. The USGS says the test created a quake of magnitude 4.2. Here is the location of the seismic event in North Korea, via Google Maps.
Well, this is gonna push the Foley scandal off the front pages of the newspapers tomorrow morning. The most whacked-out nation on earth, a nation starving its own citizenry and relying on external food aid, now has nuclear capability. Oh joy. Would somebody please explain to me how this came about?
I can bet you that the U.S. is going to have to start rethinking its military priorities, starting TONIGHT. With its own Taepodong-2 long-range missiles, North Korea is now thought to be capable of sending nuclear missiles as far afield as Indonesia, India, the European part of Russia, even Alaska.
So North Korea has nuclear capabilites, and Iran is well on its way to having nuclear capabilities. It's ironic, isn't it, that of the three nations labeled "the axis of Evil" (North Korea, Iraq, Iran), the Americans invaded the single nation which was the furthest from having weapons of mass destruction--Iraq?