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North Korea's Nuclear Bombs

Updated on April 1, 2013

North Korea's nuclear bombs, in their first two underground tests used plutonium from their small stockpiles mined in the 1990's. This type of bomb creates an explosion like the one used three days after the first one in 1945. Two were dropped on Nagasaki. Their more recent nuclear bomb tests have US officials more concerned.

Despite the cloaking efforts to conceal the tests since 2006, the US has been able to detect that NK is producing the highly enriched uranium (HEU) type of bomb. This type of bomb relies on natural uranium and modern enrichment technologies that Iran has been well skilled at, and no doubt, have shared with NK. The first bomb dropped on Nagasaki was a HEU type. Very destructive. The enrichment abilities of NK are worrisome because they are obviously developing rapidly with the help of Iran. NK has always had plutonium, but enrichment is recent.

The recent belligerent threats only serve to heighten concern as to what capabilities they really do have. It is largely a guessing game to some degree,


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      William Grant 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      And the US government is still saying that they are committed to keeping Iran from getting nuclear weapons. It's time (probably past time) to start talking about what to do when Iran can deploy a nuclear weapon rather than how to keep them from getting one. For all intents and purposes, they've got it already. Everything they're doing now is just engineering, and no matter how many times we sabotage their facilities or bomb their enrichment plants, sooner or later, they'll get one past us and build a working bomb/missile, and as far as I know we haven't got a clue what to do then.

      I'm not worried about NK using a bomb. They're just a smaller version of the Soviet Union, and we've dealt with that sort of threat before. Iran, on the other hand is run by religious dogma. Either they are secular political figures using religion as a means of control, or they are religious fanatics who think that if they sacrifice themselves to take us out, it's a good day. Either way, once they have deployable nuclear weapons, they will be more dangerous than the Soviet Union ever was.