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September 11, 2004
NoKo "Anniversary" Mushroom Cloud Spotted By China

Two days ago, spotters in Beijing reported a large mushroom cloud in an area of North Korea where the Kim Jong-Il regime stations missiles, the Associated Press reports:

A large explosion rocked the northern part of North Korea, sending a huge mushroom cloud into the air on an important anniversary of the communist regime, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Sunday.

Citing an unidentified source in Beijing, Yonhap said the explosion happened on Thursday in Yanggang province near the border with China. The damage and crater left by the explosion in Kim Hyong Jik county was big enough to be noticed by a satellite, the source said.

"We understand that a mushroom-shaped cloud about 2.2 miles to 2.5 miles in diameter was monitored during the explosion," Yonhap quoted an unidentified diplomatic source in Seoul as saying.

The timing of the explosion would indicate that it was no accident. The regime celebrates September 9th as its anniversary and usually finds rather spectacular ways to celebrate. In the twisted world of Kim Jong-Il, an above-ground nuclear detonation would be the best way of singing Happy Birthday To Us while reminding the world that their nuclear ambitions have yet to be sated.

Experts are still trying to confirm the nature and purpose of the explosion. Initial reports give little confidence that it was an innocent accident; the magnitude is described as larger than their catastrophic train explosion earlier this year, which killed 160 people and injured over 1300. That explosion was a mistake -- this one appears to be a message.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at September 11, 2004 10:36 PM

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