by John Galt
September 3, 2017 00:30 ET
Effective immediately the rules have changed.
Earlier today, the North Korean government claims they have developed a miniaturized hydrogen bomb which could be mounted on its missiles and used to attack U.S. targets and interests. From Yonhap News in South Korea:
North Korea claimed Sunday it has developed a hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on its new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), saying that it can produce as many powerful nuclear weapons as it wants.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected an H-bomb, which can be loaded into its ICBM during his visit to the Nuclear Weapons Institute, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
The institute has succeeded in making a “more developed nuke,” bringing about a “signal turn” in the country’s nuclear weaponization, according to the report.
It is doubtful whether North Korea’s claim is true, but if confirmed, it would mark progress in North Korea’s miniaturization of a nuclear weapon. The North is seeking to develop a nuclear-tipped ICBM capable of reaching the continental U.S.
Scientists “further upgraded its technical performance at a higher ultra-modern level on the basis of precious successes made in the first H-bomb test,” the KCNA said in an English dispatch.
In January 2016, North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test, which Pyongyang claimed to be a successful test of a hydrogen bomb. Outside experts said that it appeared to be a test of a boosted fission weapon, rather than an H-bomb.
North Korea has carried out five nuclear tests since 2006, including two last year.
Take that story from Saturday into account with tonight’s breaking news. If indeed the North Korean regime has developed and successfully miniaturized a functional thermonuclear weapon, then the U.S. and its allies are now backed into a corner changing the rules of the confrontation. It means, quite possibly, that now the Pyongyang government can indeed fire a functional EMP weapon over the U.S. mainland, even if it only impacts 30-40% of our territory, which would destroy the economies of the West and require a thermonuclear response in turn.
From tonight’s breaking news, via Yonhap in South Korea again:
SEOUL, Sept. 3 (Yonhap) — North Korea seems to have carried out a nuclear test Sunday, South Korea’s military said, citing an unusual seismic activity in the vicinity of the North’s nuclear test site.
The 5.6 magnitude “artificial earthquake” that happened in the Punggye-ri area at around 12:20 p.m. is “presumed” to be from the North’s sixth nuclear test, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) announced.
It added all South Korean troops have been put on high alert.
South Korea’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae immediately convened a National Security Council meeting on the issue.
Hours earlier, North Korea claimed that it has developed a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded into a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Since 2006, North Korea has carried out five nuclear tests, including two last year.
(Please note: USGS reports 6.3 Magnitude so I will go with that until further notice-JG)
In addition, per CNN International, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff have been notified of this event as has the White House, so a sleepless night awaits those residing within our National Security apparatus.
And if this explosion tonight was a successful test of this weapon, God help us.
Tonight, the rules have changed.
Enjoy your barbecue, your time with your family, and your long weekend.
It may indeed be the most dangerous period in U.S. history, as this author has warned earlier, and the results are now totally unpredictable.
00:50 ET URGENT HEADLINE FROM YONHAP:
This second earthquake has been confirmed by the Chinese Government via the People’s Daily on Twitter:
01:12 From NHK News in Japan:
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono confirms that North Korea has conducted its 6th nuclear test.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told reporters that it is not acceptable if North Korea has conducted a nuclear test.
Also per CNN and Japanese news sources, the fleet of “sniffer” planes have been dispatched to detect possible blowback or atmospheric leakage of radioactive ground debris from the test site.
As more news comes in, I shall attempt to keep everyone updated.