Sunday, October 08, 2006

BREAKING: Possible N. Korean Nuke Test

***Updates available at the bottom of this post.***

Reports on Drudge Report and elsewhere on the web of a possible nuclear test in North Korea.

This is currently only a possibility (as of 9:57 PM CST). It is currently unconfirmed.

Yonhap News Article
Daily Item Article

I guess I'll be the first to say it. What are the Dem's focusing on? The Foley scandal and how to win the elections. There wasn't one word of this on the evening news programs the entire weekend. Instead it was about Foley, Hastart, and how the Democrats might win.

I'll post updates as I find them.

(Update) 10:10 PM CST
"The nuclear test is a historic event that brought happiness to the our military and people" - Korean Central News Agency via Yahoo! News

(Update) 10:14 PM CST
Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC is currently saying that US State Departments are saying that the sucessful test is likely, however is NOT confirmed as of yet.

(Update) 10:17 PM CST
FoxNews reports no seismic activity detected. seismic tests are used to detect such underground detonations. however, this is NOT CONFIRMED

(Update) 10:25 PM CST
DailyKos is choosing to call this apparent nuclear detonation a "Bush Victory"
"Another major success for the Bush Administration. Now they can suspend every Amendment for all Americans too, because we need to fight us over here because.... ummm... North Korea... ummm... well..." - DailyKos Diary Entry by judyneric

(Update) 10:27 PM CST
Michelle Malkin's site has a report that "the U.S. Geological Survey said it hasn't detected any seismic activity on the Korean peninsula in the past 48 hours."

(Update) 10:30 PM CST
Japanese has apparently setup a "task force" to address this situation (FoxNews Report).

(Update) 10:35 PM CST
Oh thank God, the "UN SET TO VOTE SOUTH KOREAN SEC GENERAL" according to Drudge Report.

Fox News is now reporting that the US Geological Survey is now saying that there is "some activity" in the area. Nothing on location, intensity, or cause though.

(Update) 10:38 PM CST
"In Seoul a foreign ministry spokesman said South Korea's intelligence agency has detected a 3.58-magnitude seismic tremor, following North Korea's announcement of a nuclear test." - Allah Blog via Michelle Malkin

(Update) 10:40 PM CST
"No known nuclear leaks as of yet" - FoxNews

(Update) 10:43 PM CST
Reuters via MSNBC, China was given a 20 minute warning prior to detonation.

(Update) 10:44 PM CST
CNN - sources in the Pentagon are "all but certain" that this test did occur.

(Update) 10:52 PM CST
FoxNews - US Government was warned in advance of the test by allies (not by North Korea itself, but through allies such as Japan possibly)

(Update) 10:54 PM CST
CNN - South Korean military alert has been "raised".

(Update) 10:58 PM CST
Fox News - US was warned by China of the test.

(Update) 11:00 PM CST
Fox News - Now reporting that the 3.58 rating of seismic activity in the area of North Korea is lower than what was expected. Suggesting that the nuclear detonation was of a lower quality than what the North Koreans were expecting.

(Update) 11:10 PM CST
probably last update of the night.
1) North Korea has most likely detonated a nuclear weapon underground.
2) The evidence of this is low level seizmic activity detected by the USGS in the area of 3.58 on the rictor scale.
3) This is lower than what was expected suggesting a lower yeild than was planned by North Korea.
4) China was warned 20 minutes prior to detonation
5) US was warned by China before detonation
6) South Korean Military is on a higher alert now
7) Strong sanctions appear to be being considered by countries in the region plus the US (outside of the United Nations).

Keep an eye open. This is the number one reason that stuff like Foley Gate and Maccaca Gate are a complete waste of our time. We've got adult situations going on that affect our country directly. Time for adults to run for office.

Goodnight, and God Bless.