10 more to go

Over the years, the US has lost 11 nuclear bombs in various accidents. That's 11 fully functional nuclear bombs. One may have just been found, Derek Duke, a retired Air Force Colonel, may have found one of the bombs which has been lost since 1958. It has been sitting just off the coast of the US state of Georgia since that time.

'Found' is a little bit of a lose term, they haven't actually recovered the bomb - but they know where it is and are now debating what to do for the best. They don't think it's armed....

Terrain Shaping in North Korea

The North Koreans have said that the 'mushroom cloud' which people feared was a nuclear test, was actually earthworks. They were destroying a mountain as part of a dam project. There has been much speculation over the past few days about this mushroom cloud - especially given that it was on the Chinese border and the inherent risks of an open air test to the Koreans themselves. I'm inclined not to think it was nuclear in nature, as no fallout was detected. However, whether this is the correct explanation remains to be seen.

Mushroom clouds form due to vast convection currents, and though they are linked to nuclear explosions (due to the vast temperature differences) they can be associated with any event which sets up a suitable current.

India and Pakistan at it again

India is to test another missile, and Pakistan has said that they will respond appropriately. The Pakistani FO say that India is a fit case for pre-emptive action and that the world community should take more notice

The US has been investigating possible links between Pakistan and North Korea, the Pakistani media seem to claim that no link was found, though sanctions were imposed on the Khan Research Labs (KRL) (not on Pakistan), though Outlook India says that the sanctions will have no effect, and the Asiatimes is quite concerned about the situation.

Whilst all this has been going on, India has put itself in a very awkward position by not allowing the Hindu villagers in Nadimarg, a village in Kashmir to flee after a massacre. The reasoning says that if the villagers leave then the bandits will have achieved their aim. However, should harm come to the villagers then this would cause a loss of face.