Monday, September 4, 2017

North Korea's Hydrogen Bomb and How People Came To Have Such Weapons

Kim Jong-un of North Korea tested a Hydrogen bomb on September 1, 2017.
He's surrounded by a female unit of soldiers so happy about its success.  
Nadene Goldfoot                                       
Atom Bomb dropped on Japan 1945 by USA that finally ended World War II
This was a war entered by USA on December 7, 1941 with the attack on Pearl Harbor
in Hawaii.  
Europe had already been at war with Nazi Germany and US was helping but not entering 
the war.  Germany had invaded Poland September 1, 1939.  My Uncle Werner had left
Germany in May 1939.  Things were very bad for Jews in Germany by then.  He had already been taken to prison on the pretext of beating a cow with a stick on the way to the slaughter house.  His father was a sausage-maker.  
The U.S. economic sanctions on Japan, as part of the effort to deter Japanese military aggression in Asia and the Pacific, was a major cause of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
In 1948, Korea was split between the North and South sections as a result of the Cold War involving the USA and the Soviet Union.  North Korea was supported by the Soviet Union and China.  The USA supported South Korea.

"The conflict escalated into open warfare when North Korean forces—supported by the Soviet Union and China—moved into the south on 25 June 1950 On 27 June, the United Nations Security Council authorized the formation and dispatch of UN forces to Korea to repel what was recognized as a North Korean invasion. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force, with the United States providing 88% of the UN's military personnel."

This is when boys in my high school classes disappeared.  We found out that they had joined the army to fight in Korea.  That's how many didn't get to graduate our Washington High.

"The fighting ended on 27 July 1953, when an armistice was signed. The agreement created the Korean Demilitarized Zone to separate North and South Korea, and allowed the return of prisoners. However, no peace treaty has been signed, and the two Koreas are technically still at war."

"During the final stage of World War II, the United States dropped nuclear weapons on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively.   The two bombings, which killed at least 129,000 people, remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in history."  Germany had been working on its development first.  The USA was able to gather the scientists after the war and work on it.  
After fighting Germany and then Japan, two fronts at the same time, President Truman had to make the decision to do so.  It was like a last stand, a do or die condition.  Our government felt they had to take this step or lose the war.  I don't think they realized how horrible an atom bomb was.  There were survivors.  "The Japanese government has recognized about 650,000 people .   As of March 31, 2017, 164,621 are still alive, mostly in Japan.  There were even Koreans working in Japan who were also injured and survived.  

I remember being in the 8th grade and our librarian read a book about this bombing to our class.  It was vivid and horrible.  I remember listening to this day.  It could have been HIROSHIMA by John Hershey.  I can't remember the title.  I think people need to read this today.  
The USA, Russia, France, UK and China have this Hydrogen bomb. 

A Hydrogen bomb is : an immensely powerful bomb whose destructive power comes from the rapid release of energy during the nuclear fusion of isotopes of hydrogen (deuterium and tritium), using an atom bomb as a trigger.
2 months after the A bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. 

"North Korea has long sought the means to deliver an atomic warhead to the United States, its sworn enemy, and Sunday's nuclear test followed reports it could load a hydrogen bomb onto an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)."  It can be 1,000 times more powerful than an Atom Bomb.  

"Radiation in the city was so intense that everybody would have died soon afterwards."
"North Korea's first three nuclear tests from 2006 to 2013 were atomic bombs on roughly the same scale as the ones used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which together killed more than 200,000 people.
However, Sunday's test is estimated to have a yield of about 100 kilotons, 10 times stronger than last year's test that caused a 5.3 magnitude quake. "  This test caused a 6.3 earthquake. "                     
Kim Jong-un's North Koreans are elated at the success of their
Hydrogen bomb.  South Koreans can't believe it was a Hydrogen bomb.
Enough is enough.  North Korea is just itching to go to war, commented Nicki Haley, our UN Ambassador.  "Both President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have called for sanctioning countries that do not cut business ties with the defiant Hermit Kingdom. "The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea," Trump tweeted Sunday. Jessica Hullinger."  China is the biggest trader with North Korea.  


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