Well, it is a relief to find out that the mushroom cloud detected over North Korea was not from a nuclear blast. We don’t know what it is, but we are being assured that it wasn’t nuclear. The crater left from the explosion was apparently large enough to be seen on satellite, though. Whatever it was, it was pretty damned devastating.
I found an interesting bit in the AP’s coverage of the story: “Washington is pushing for North Korea to fully disclose all of its nuclear activities and allow outside monitoring….” I always find it interesting that the United States – the country with by far the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world – takes it upon itself to make sure that other countries either get rid of or never develop their own nuclear weapons. When are we going to stop being so hypocritical and get rid of our own stockpile of nuclear weapons. Disarmament should start here!