North Korea’s Fourth Nuclear Bomb Test May Be Less of a Threat than What It Claims to Be
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On Wednesday, January 6, North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, announced that North Korea has successfully carried out another nuclear bomb test. According to Kim, it is North Korea’s most powerful bomb yet—a hydrogen bomb, which is much more powerful than the atomic bomb. But can we really believe anything about this nuclear bomb test, just based on what Kim has said?
The U.S. officials say no. Many experts have provided that a hydrogen bomb’s blast would have to yield about 20 megatons, but the blast from the nuclear test site in North Korea last Wednesday only recorded to be about 6 kilotons. That is a smaller measure than the one from the 2013 nuclear test, which measured at 7 kilotons. Essentially, to compare with other nuclear bombs in history, the atomic bomb that was dropped in Hiroshima, Japan in 1945 was 2.5 times larger (15 kilotons) than the so-called hydrogen bomb tested in North Korea on Wednesday.
Therefore, in terms of statistics, North Korea’s threat with the hydrogen bomb test is lessened. But why can’t we completely annihilate the chance that North Korea was ever testing out a nuclear bomb? The answer, according to the experts, lies in North Korea’s primary goal, which is to create a bomb small enough to put on the tip of a missile and fly it wherever they need it to go.
Even the U.S., a nation located on the other side of the globe from North Korea, is not completely safe. North Korea has missiles that can reach all the way to the west coast of the U.S.—the only thing missing is a bomb that is small enough. So experts say that North Korea has, with little doubt, been testing nuclear bombs but maybe not specifically a hydrogen bomb.
No matter what kind of bomb it was, North Korea has seriously tested its alliances with China with this nuclear bomb test. However, on the day the announcement was made, Kim appeared in a military parade with China’s official, Liu Yunshan, and both were all-smiles.
On January 8, China rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement about China needing to be tougher in convincing North Korea to give up on its nuclear test. He said to the media that China’s “particular approach” to North Korea’s previous nuclear bombings have “not worked” and that “[the U.S. and China] cannot continue business as usual.”
“China is not the cause and crux of the Korean nuclear issue, nor is it the key to resolving the problem,” said Hua Chunying, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman. “All other parties should keep a cool head, stay on the path toward a peaceful solution, and avoid taking actions that sharpen disputes and raise tensions.”
South Korea has responded with unusual yet effective acts of propaganda since the bomb test. On January 8, South Korean officials literally blasted Korean pop music (specifically, “Bang Bang Bang,” as a play on words) and news reports on loud speakers to the demilitarized parts of North Korea.
North Korea is able to maintain its all-powerful government regime because it does not allow its citizens to be exposed to the outside world—no one comes in, no one goes out. Without any knowledge of the outside world, most North Korean citizens know nothing of democracy.
Blasting outside news and songs on North Korean borders is exposing the North Korean citizens to a world that they are unaware of, and hence, shaking the basic foundation of Kim’s absolute regime. Click the following link for more information about a North Korean escape:
According to the U.S. officials, nothing is certain; no one knows for sure what goes on inside one of the most heavily guarded nation in the world. We continue to realize that there is little the U.S. government can do for now while North Korea continues to carry out more of its nuclear tests.