Monday, October 9, 2006

How Much Of This North Korea Bomb Test Story Do You Believe?

North Korea says it performed its first-ever nuke test

How much of the following news report (from India's The Hindu) do you believe? I'll throw in my two cents along the way and let's see whether or not we agree...
Seoul, Oct. 9 (AP): North Korea said today it has performed its first-ever nuclear weapons test.
The country's official Korean Central News Agency said the test was performed and that there had been no radioactive leakage from the site.
[a] Sure. [b] Bwaah-haaa-haaa...
"The nuclear test is a historic event that brought happiness to the our military and people," KCNA said.
Historic event: check. Brought happiness to the North Korean military? check. Brought happiness to the North Korean people? maybe.
"The nuclear test will contribute to maintaining peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and surrounding region."
Absolutely true.
South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun has convened a meeting of security advisers over the issue, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, and intelligence over the test has been exchanged between concerned countries.
No reason to doubt either of those.
The news agency reported that North Korea nuclear test was conducted at 10:36 A M (0706 IST) in Hwaderi near Kilju city, citing defense officials.
That's ok with me.

The North said last week it would conduct a test, sparking regional concern and frantic diplomatic efforts aimed at dissuading Pyongyang from such a move.
North Korea has long claimed to have nuclear weapons, but had never before performed a known test to prove its arsenal.
Yes and Yes again.

Pfew!! That was tough.

What do you think? How did I do? And where, if anywhere, do you disagree with me?