On November 24, the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research fusion reactor (KSTAR) set a new operating record, running at over a million degrees Celsius for twenty seconds. While this might seem like a less-than-useful amount of time to have run the high-tech facility at peak temperature, this 20-second uptime is more than
North Korea’s third nuclear test is a good time for China to re-evaluate its longstanding alliance with the Kim dynasty. If China wants to increase its profitable alliance with US, it should press for the reunification of Korea.
In the February 28th edition of the Financial Times, Deng Yuwen writes: "A relationship between states based on ideology is dangerous. If we were to choose our allies on ideology alone, China’s relationship with the west today would not exist. Although both countries are socialist, their differences are much larger than those between China and the west.
UPDATE – North Korea tested five missiles, one of them a long-range weapon of the type that could reach the United States. This missile, a Taepodong Type 2, failed 40 seconds into its flight, in all probability due to a fuel system breakdown.
Reacting to the US announcement last week that it woulddeploy 15 F-117 Stealth Bombers to South Korea, the Northhas claimed that the action is a preparation for war. ThePentagon described the deployment as a routine trainingmission, but the North reacted angrily, calling the action a”malicious challenge.”
Tensions are high between the US and North Korea, which hasstated that it possesses nuclear weapons. Both Japan and theSouth Korean capital of Seoul are believed to be withinrange of North Korean missiles, but intelligence analysts donot believe that North Korea could actually deliver anuclear weapon via missile.
However, due to the proximity of the South Korean capital tothe border, more primitive delivery methods are possible.