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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on February 15th, 2013 at 9:21 am

South Korean Scientists Fail To Detect Evidence of North Korean Nuclear Test

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I have been interested to see if the North Koreans detonated a plutonium or uranium bomb and so far there is no evidence at least in the air samples taken of either:

South Korean scientists failed to detect critical radioactive gas from air samples collected over the East Sea that could have proven whether North Korea used an enriched uranium device for its third nuclear test.

Using helicopters, the Navy collected air samples for 12 hours after the underground nuclear weapons test Tuesday, with winds blowing from the north, to try to catch any radioactive leakage from the nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, the northeastern tip of North Korea.

They brought the samples to the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, a state-run institute, for analysis.

The smoking gun they were looking for was a radioactive material called xenon. The types and amounts of xenon isotopes can demonstrate whether the North tested a plutonium- fueled device, as for its first two tests, or a uranium-fueled device.

When the North conducted its second nuclear test in 2009, the South’s scientists failed to detect any leaked gases.  [Joong Ang Ilbo]

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  • Setnaffa
    4:39 pm on February 15th, 2013 1

    Maybe they don’t have any nukes?

  • Onezime
    7:29 pm on February 15th, 2013 2


    Maybe someone’s trying to downplay the test.

    After all, the oil refineries and smelters here don’t produce any pollution and the dust from China only becomes a concern 4 weeks after the first signs of it (like the layer of yellow dust on my car’s windshield this morning).

  • Conway Eastwood
    8:10 pm on February 15th, 2013 3

    “…air samples collected over the EAST SEA”

    In the words of famous 21st century American poet, Shawn Corey “Jay-Z” Carter: “Pardon me, I had to laugh at that.” :lol:

  • Setnaffa
    7:39 am on February 16th, 2013 4

    Seriously, though. Did anyone detect radioactivity? The norks are perfectly capable of blowing up a coal mine full of TNT…

    They are experts at psyching out craven Western leaders and extorting money, food, and other concessions…

    And I don’t really trust ‘em NOT to lie about their WMDs. Just like Saddam.

  • tom langley
    1:35 pm on February 16th, 2013 5

    I would think that we would have launched some drones into NK to get some air samples closer to the test site.

  • Harry
    3:37 pm on February 22nd, 2013 6

    Sending a xenon sampler drone to NK airspace would be a declaration of war!


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