Here’s Why The Fat Boy’s Hydrogen Bomb Was A Brilliant Strategy

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Jan 07 2016
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North Korea announced on Wednesday that it had successfully tested a “miniaturized” hydrogen bomb, whatever that means. We’ve read and seen miniature donut, furniture or even the Great Wall of China but seldom or never a miniature hydrogen bomb. World leaders have condemned fat boy Kim Jong-un for playing with the delicate toy.


But what the heck is a “miniaturized” H-bomb anyway? In a nutshell, it’s another type of nuclear bomb but is 3-4 times more powerful than a nuclear bomb. While an atomic bomb uses “fission” to create energy, a hydrogen bomb uses “fusion” to do the work. Because an H-bomb’s power depends on the amount of hydrogen within it, you can control how powerful you want it to be.

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H-bomb is not something new. The United States had tested it back in 1950s and the largest H-bomb ever tested and exploded was known as “Castle Bravo” which yielded 15 megatons in 1954, which was roughly 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The then-Soviet Union had done that too in 1961 – Tsar Bomba – which produced 50 megatons.


Still, the U.S. and its allies are not convinced that North Korea was capable of building such gadget. A U.S. spy plane – RC 135V – had reportedly taken off from Okinawa Island’s Kadena airbase 10-minutes before the explosion to North Korea. White House claims initial data from its monitoring stations in Asia were “not consistent” with a test of a hydrogen bomb.

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However, there were reports that the U.S. was caught off guard by the surprise H-bomb testing because one of its two WC-135 Constant Phoenix, a specialized nuclear-detection aircraft sometimes referred to as the “the sniffer” wasn’t deployed from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska to Japan, until Wednesday. That despite North Korea boasted about owning such technology more than a month ago.


Obviously, the U.S. has underestimated the threat of hydrogen bomb, never mind if it wasn’t a real H-bomb in the first place. Perhaps the superpower thought it was just an overwhelming fart from the fat boy dictator who ate too much “kimchi” mixed with cheese. But if it wasn’t an H-bomb, then the U.S. shouldn’t worry too much, let alone condemning them.

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What if the H-bomb was a deliberate drama by fat boy Kim Jong-un to draw criticism, attention and tension in the region? North Korea has so far conducted three nuclear tests – in 2006, 2009 and 2013 – all at Punggye-ri. And those testings were carried out as a direct consequence of the sanctions that had been imposed by the United Nations.


Although Chinese officials claimed they were in the dark about North Korea’s nuclear test, chances are they were informed and knew about it all along. North Korea is highly dependent on Chinese aid, drawing close to US$7 billion in 2014 alone to assist the country’s economy. In fact, China’s stock markets were the only equity market that rally while the rest of the region went south.

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Kim Jong-un who called it “H-Bomb of Justice” has gotten the world attention even if he has lied about the bomb. His experiment which triggered a 5.1 magnitude earthquake is enough to get U.S. military busy and worry if North Korea has perfected its skills – whether hydrogen or plutonium – and created a device small enough to be fitted in a missile warhead.


The Western countries may threaten North Korea with further sanctions but frankly, how much worse could the impoverished country go further? On the contrary, the detonation of the nuclear bomb could be a brilliant strategy by Dictator Kim. After years of sharing weapons technology with Iran, North Korea may be sharing another recipe of success.

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If there’s one important lesson to be learned from Iran about U.S. foreign policy under Obama administration, it’s to be a badass and to show off your nuclear weapons. President Barack Hussein Obama somehow has a soft spot for bad guys – Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Taliban, Iran and perhaps North Korea.


Obama administration does not subscribe to using military prowess to intimidate those bad people but rather “negotiate” with them. That’s the POTUS’ policy for the last 7-years in the Oval Office. With roughly a year to go before leaving office, Kim Jong-un must have figured that he could copy the same strategy used by Iran.

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Coincidently, North Korea’s nuclear test comes about 6-months after the Iran nuclear deal was finalized with the United States. In the deal, Iran is supposedly delays developing any nuclear bomb for 15-years in exchange for lifting of its economic sanction, on top of recovering US$150 billion in frozen assets in foreign banks.


Using the same tactic, North Korea is hoping to pressure, frustrate and irritate Obama administration enough so that Secretary of State John Kerry would be sent to Pyongyang for a taste of Kim Jong-un’s “kimchi negotiation” and voila, North Korea would stop testing and developing nuclear weapon in exchange for lifting of its economic sanction with additional multi-billion dollar in aid.

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Iran, despite signing the nuclear deal, has since tested two ballistic missiles, in violation of a United Nation resolution. President Obama announced a new round of sanctions on Iran but so far has delayed implementing them. Thus, the message is crystal clear – North Korea has nothing to lose but everything to gain by challenging the U.S., U.N. and the world.


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