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Democratic People's Republic of Korea Entered "Nuclear Club"

26.05.2009

North Korea carried out "successful underground nuclear test", North Korean state news agency informs. According to the agency, the test was carried out to show available constraining factors North Korea has in case of a threat from outside and for strengthening of nuclear power of the country.

In Pyongyang they also declare that present test was much stronger, than previous one carried out in October, 2006.

Messages from Pyongyang confirm information arrived a bit earlier from Seoul. Seismographs in South Korea marked "artificial earthquake" with magnitude 4,5 which gave grounds to say that Democratic People's Republic of Korea carried out nuclear test, agency Rhonhapp reported referring to the representative of South Korean ruling party.

According to the agency, the test was carried out at 04.54 a.m. Moscow time on Monday. The president of South Korea Lee Myung called ministerial emergency meeting.

Democratic People's Republic of Korea informed on April, 14th on its exit from six-party negotiations about de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula and renewal of the nuclear program. The statement of Pyongyang was made in reply to decision of Safety Сouncil of the United Nations condemned the start of North Korean rocket with orbital body. Russia, the USA, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Republic Korea and Japan took part in negotiations which had been carrying out since 2003.

The representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Kazuo Kodama declared that Tokyo would soon make public its reaction to the tests of Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the United Nations and it would be done in "a reasonable key", BBC informs. The cabinet of Japan declared creation of extreme staff in connection with messages about underground nuclear tests in the northeast Democratic People's Republic of Korea which after reception of full information about things happened will work out further measures, the Japanese mass-media informs. "I think we will demand emergency convocation of Security Council of the United Nations", - the deputy minister of foreign affairs of Japan Mitodzi Jabunaka declared to journalists.

Special command of management in crisis situation consisting of the most high-ranking officials is created urgently in South Korea. Shares of the South Korean share market fell on 4% because of the fears of growth of intensity in the region.

Representative of US State department declared that they still study event details in Washington and there would be no official application prior receipt of necessary acknowledgement.

The European Union management named nuclear test of Pyongyang succession of events "causing high degree of anxiety".


From editorial staff: Already long time ago not once we wrote that expansion process of "nuclear club" is inevitable and, as a whole, objective - it's a response to astable behaviour of dominating world powers.

 

Today, when Democratic People's Republic of Korea carried out successful orbital launching of a satellite and blew up nuclear device of big capacity in its territory, it is possible to speak safely about replenishment of "nuclear club" with one more participant.

 

To predict reaction of the neighbouring to Democratic People's Republic of Korea countries is not very difficult - Japan has possibility (and according to some information it has already realized it) in the shortest terms to get equipped with the nuclear weapon (they already have delivery systems to it). Japan has now about 30 tons of enriched plutonium which is capable to enter chain reaction and it is suitable for creation of the nuclear weapon. It's stated in the report circulated in Tokyo of the governmental commission on atomic energy which published data about stocks of nuclear materials before the end of 2006. This quantity will be enough for almost 5500 warheads.

Eternal contender of Democratic People's Republic of Korea - South Korea technologically is in condition to create own nuclear forces, though not so quickly, as Japan. South Korea is on a threshold of creation of own nuclear weapon. Such opinion was stated in the interview to Reuters by not named employee of IAEA. As he said, the South Korean scientists have closely come nearer to possibility of creation of materials suitable for use as atomic weapons. "In laboratories of South Korea experiments on enrichment of uranium which have reached considerable progress recently have been carried out already for a long time", - the source stressed.

As RBC reminds, earlier official Seoul declared that the works on uranium enrichment were carried out in the country in January-February, 2000. Then in scientific purposes they received 0,2 grammes of the enriched uranium which were destroyed at once and experiment was not repeated any more.

With expansion of an area of nuclear powers in the Asian-Pacific region the question of creation of own nuclear forces of restraint will rise in front of Australia, Indonesia, probably Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand. It will inevitably cause reaction on the other part of Pacific Ocean - in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, probably, Venezuela.

Obviously, it's impossible to stop this process. As well as to supervise, apparently.

Most likely it is necessary to come to conclusion that the policy of the nuclear restraint which served its purpose in non-distribution of the nuclear weapon ended, that is it died a natural death. To continue to galvanize a corpse if the number of nuclear powers soon will be enumerated in tens is simply silly.

The United Nations Security Council should accept some other strategy of non-distribution having created conditions so that the nuclear weapon did not come to hands of astable, aggressive modes and especially to hands of non-state organisations. Probably it's possible international nuclear forces which would be placed in those countries which now do not possess the nuclear weapon but feel the threat from outside the countries should be created for this purpose on the basis of the United Nations. It would allow to keep uniform centre of nuclear technologies, without allowing to extend it on planet territory without control. That is it's necessary not to limit but on the contrary to allocate nedy country with small by their size forces of nuclear restraint - limiting only distribution of technologies but not nuclear charges and means of their delivery. Otherwise these countries will get the nuclear weapon and then technologies would also begin to be spread absolutely freely that will put the world before the threat of nuclear terrorism.

Аnatoly Baranov

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