They are playing in a region where the neighbours (the DPRK propaganda site mentions the 'six country talks') are the world's #2 and #3 superpowers (China/Russia, you argue the order), an economic superpower (Japan), a decent regional power in the South that has significant financial and military muscle, and the US of course, who is interested in everything everywhere. That's the definition of a high-stakes table, and North Korea has been playing poker against these guys for 65 years, from a deck of 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s. You don't do that by being dumb or insane or crazy or ideologues, you do that by being clever as hell and bluffing for all you're worth. And every once in a while, pulling some crazy shit, like shelling a random island, or showing off your uranium centrifuges. So they can't tell if you're bluffing or crazy. [....]
It's terrifying and stupid, but the DPRK need one of these shenanigans every once in a while to convince the rest of the world that they're still unpredictable, and that they just might do it. I don't think so, but -- and this is the beauty -- despite all of my blather here assuring you all otherwise, I just can't be sure.
Just for reference -- that's smaller than Little Boy. A 6-10kt nuke wouldn't even reach across the potomac if it targetted the Pentagon, though fallout is another story.
I'd expect that both South Korea and the US have plans for annihilating the DPRK's Seoul-targeting artillery within a few minutes of it beginning to fire.
Wait, are you suggesting that the United States is actually their biggest enemy? And not just the bogeyman the DPRK has used since the 50s to keep their population distracted from poverty, famine, etc.? The biggest threats to the United States here are either 1) the DPRK selling this weapon to Iran, which is really just a threat to Israel, or 2) the DPRK attacking an ally, which would suck for us but would suck a lot more for our ally. As for DPRK?
Finally, it's a bit misleading to say 'the bomb was smaller than little boy,' implying that it's not all that great.
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