Watchdog Finds No Trace of North Korea's Nuke Test
Says it's unlikely to find a 'smoking gun' at this point
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2013 10:21 AM CDT
Tibor Toth, of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, during a media briefing about the nuclear test announced by North Korea on Monday, May 25, 2009.   (AP Photo/Hans Punz)

(Newser) – Plutonium or uranium: Which was the fissile material North Korea used in last month's nuclear test? We may never know, says a nuclear watchdog agency. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization hasn't found any "smoking gun" radioactive traces yet, and acknowledges that "it is very unlikely that we will register anything at this late stage." Reuters says the admission may mean that North Korea was able to successfully contain all nuclear traces that could have allowed for outside analysis. The CTBTO expressed confidence in the abilities of its system; it monitors nuclear tests around the globe via 270 stations.

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Mar 12, 2013 4:33 PM CDT
Y'know, it occurred to me a while back to wonder whether the DPRK has the capacity to manufacture several thousand tons of actual TNT. I wondered, if a guy had, ohhhhh ... three or four thousand tons of TNT and rigged it to detonate instantaneously, would that simulate the seismic signal of an underground nuclear test? It's GOT to be easier to somehow manufacture a shitload of TNT than it is to make a nuke, and if you can simulate a nuclear detonation with the explosive used as the standard for rating their yield, you can claim you have nukes and no one will ever know!! Waddyathink?
Mar 12, 2013 2:24 PM CDT
There was probably not even a conventional blast. Does it really matter if something exists, if its function is just an excuse to start a war?
Mar 12, 2013 11:57 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... THIS is dedicated to "the one" who gets upset with my posts most of the time. The Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization didn't find any radioactive traces from "the bomb" that North Korea set off ... because the radioactive traces .. are in Kim Jong Un genes. ----------------------------- REALLY?