North Korea is suspected of its third nuclear test after a seismic event was detected near the site of the regime’s previous tests. A UN Security Council diplomat has anonymously told Reuters that the event was in fact a test.
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From the CNN report: “‘It’s a nuclear test,’ said Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. ‘That magnitude and that location — it’s awfully unlikely it’s anything else.’”
What’s so odd about the whole thing is that no one in North Korea can even hope to afford the things they showed us. And it’s not like they’re going to export this technology. They’re building products for a market that doesn’t exist.Sophie Schmidt, daughter of Google chairman Eric Schmidt • Discussing her experience at the North Korean version of the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. Schmidt went with her father to the country — both of whom were joined by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. The longtime Google figure spent much of his time in the nation trying to convince North Korean leaders that their focus on keeping internet access extremely limited was causing long-term harm to the country’s economy, an argument which we wouldn’t be surprised if it fell on deaf ears.