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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 4:20 am 
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The article is mostly relavant physical stuff about nuclear testing, but there was also an interesting political thought:

"As in the U.S., the DPRK nuclear program may be an aspect of a wider elite subsidy program, where technocrats and econocrats channel national wealth into elite classes by an analogy to the "Pentagon system."

I suppose the elite in the US have no monopoly on making money off of bombs, (half our income taxes goes to military spending; we all donate together to make a select few family's rich-rich-rich), but the idea of the same profit schemes being run in North Korea hadn't occured to me.

Anyway, here's an interesting article on NK's test. The only thing I'd add is that U235 enrichments above 90% don't always mean weapons, 93 and 97% enrichments are often used in fuel rods and elements.

Intrepreting the Physics and Politics of North Korea's Nuclear Test
Nuclear Test, Political Flare
By MANUEL GARCIA, Jr

http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia10172006.html

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