Military commentator Ma DingSheng:
North Korea's nuclear test was not successful.
Yesterday, February 12, the Chinese news service IFENG (Hongkong / Beijing), quoted Ma DingSheng (picture above), a Hongkong based commentator on military subjects, that North Korea's recent nuclear test was "not really successful". Nevertheless, North Korea should be regarded as a nuclear power.
Ma then referred to a South Korean evaluation of the explosion capacity matching with 56 kt TNT. "From the data material, considered to be reliable, it can be seen that today's test did not succeed like two other tests before, because the technique North Korea has in its hands is probably not well enough settled, and planning scheme as well as electronic device are not accurate enough."
Kim Jong Un after yesterday's nuclear test.
Chinese papers reporting on North Korea's nuclear test.
The above pictures are showing the location and
scheme of the Punggje-ri nuclear test facility:
The nuclear test facility consists of a tunnel leading down to a horizontal passway at the end of which the ignition chamber with the nuclear device can be found. The mountain above the ignition chamber measures about 400 m in height. After installation of the nuclear device, the horizontal tunnel in front of the ignition chamber is entirely filled with concrete. A data cable is connecting the lowest level of the tunnel system with an outside facility intended to survey the experiment. The distance between the entrance to the tunnel system and the ignition chamber measures more than one km.
[China's] ministry of environment protection: North Korea's third nuclear test has still not affected [China's] environment or public health.
[Source: People's Daily / People's Network, Beijing, on February 13, 2013]
South Korea guessing the North might probably use movable launching vehicles to project [a multitude of] ballistic missiles.
North Korea already owns 640 guided missiles of their "Fleet-Footed Runner" -B, -C or -ER brand that are covering a range of 300-1.000 km as well as 27-40 movable launching vehicles used in realistic war plannings. This goes together with 150-250 guided missiles of their "Labour" brand [or: "Rodong"] guided missiles with their range of 1.300 km and that can be used with the provided 27-40 launching vehicles. Furthermore, North Korea's army has prepared 14 launching vehicles, specially designed for helping to project the 3.000-4.000 km range "Dancing to Water's End" guided missiles that could reach the U.S. [base] on Guam.
[Source: ChinaNews.Com from PR China on February 13, 2013]
Chinese visitor to "blueprint news" coming from river Yangtse at the beginning of the Year of the Snake:
Macau - Port of the Watersnake: