"There is a real risk of ISIS getting a dirty bomb"by David Patrikarakos / January 6, 2016 / Leave a comment
On North Korea’s recent nuclear test
Unconfirmed reports today suggest that North Korea has detonated a nuclear device. The country’s new agency reported the test as a success, while western analysis of the shockwave suggests that the device may have “fizzled”—that is, the bomb core may not have undergone fission. North Korea’s test is cause for profound concern and in the coming days the most important reaction will be that of China, on which North Korea depends. It is also a stark reminder that the science of fission and the technological knowhow to harness its power in a weapon is widely understood—and for sale. North Korea acquired its nuclear technology from the AQ Khan network, named after the Pakistani metallurgist who during the 1990s sold nuclear secrets to the highest bidder. As the piece below explains, these black market nuclear salesmen still exist–and there are present-day organisations that are willing to pay.