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  •  I'd bet these are not weaponized bombs (1+ / 0-)
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    Hockeyray

    After seeing their terribly incompetent 'space' program, my guess is that these 'stunt' bombs are most likely of the 'Little Boy' uranium gun types, which are much simpler to create (for a state), but are big heavy things (they actually need an artillary barrel to fire a uranium plug into another piece of uranium in order to create a critical mass) and cannot be miniaturized, because they need the large barrel and have to keep the two pieces of uranium at a distance from each other to keep them from fissioning. The 'Fat Man' implosion device is orders of magnitude more technically difficult to produce, and needs plutonium which is much harder to make.

    Of course they could always put the 'bomb' on a freighter or drive it around on a semi-trailer to deliver it, but it's not going to be put on any missile - it would weigh tons. The whole idea behind creating and exploding one is propaganda, to frighten and impress us, S. Korea, Japan, other rogue states, and of course the N. Korean people.

    New Arizona State Motto; "Yeah, but it's a dry hate!"

    by Fordmandalay on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 09:20:13 PM PST

    •  We dropped one of these "un-weaponized" bombs ... (0+ / 0-)

      on Japan. It seemed to make a really good weapon at the time. Maybe they couldn't put it on a missile and hit Hawaii, but there are lots of targets that are much closer to North Korea.

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