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North Korea Claims to Have Nuclear Fusion

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Wednesday North Korea claimed to have achieved what other, less-poor countries could not.

Has North Korea achieved nuclear fusion? That's the claim made on Wednesday by North Korea's official state media, announcing a feat that no other country in the world--including China, Europe, and the United States--has yet to accomplish: generating large quantities of cheap, clean energy with very little impact on the environment.

The details surrounding the success were reported here, labeling North Korea's new thermo-nuclear reaction device as "artificial sun." Apparently North Korea has moved beyond the usual laboratory tests in its claim, and has actually developed something substantial by creating the device. But according to the state media, the road to success wasn't easy.

"They solved a great many scientific and technological problems entirely by their own efforts without the slightest hesitation and vacillation even under the conditions where everything was in short supply and there were a lot of difficulties, thus succeeding in nuclear fusion reaction at last," read the vague report.

But North Korea's claim has brought on plenty of skepticism, drawing attention to the country's poor economic health, suggesting that North Korea struggles just to generate enough electricity for lighting and other necessities. Nuclear experts are even calling the claims absurd, pointing out that the North's nuclear technology is based on a Soviet-era reactor, borrowing heavily from technology used in the 1940s and 50s.

Kune Y. Suh, a nuclear expert at Seoul National University, called the claim highly inaccurate and grossly exaggerated. "Maybe if two suns show up in the sky tomorrow, then people could believe the claim," Suh said. "They probably conducted some small-scale experiment."

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    killerclick , May 13, 2010 11:12 PM
    Wouldn't it be funny if they did build a viable fusion power source?
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    ravicai , May 13, 2010 11:34 PM
    Yes, but South Korea has Starcraft II.
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    halls , May 13, 2010 11:30 PM
    But can it power a computer that can play Crysis?
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    ngom52 , May 13, 2010 10:59 PM
    It's hogwash, period
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    hairystuff , May 13, 2010 11:02 PM
    I guess we'll have to wait and see
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    halls , May 13, 2010 11:03 PM
    They probably built a $3,000 fusor in their labs and released this. It's entirely feasible, high school students have done the same thing.

    Is it technically nuclear fusion? Yes. Does it produce more energy than it consumes? No. Look up the Farnsworth reactor.
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    Marco925 , May 13, 2010 11:04 PM
    Like everything else they say, It's bullshit.

    Reading KCNA News is like asking to be lied to.
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    tpho2500 , May 13, 2010 11:04 PM
    Yeah and I'm Tiger Woods.
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    ArgleBargle , May 13, 2010 11:07 PM
    "Nuclear fusion" is actually NK Engrish for "Radiation Poisoning."
  • 27 Hide
    killerclick , May 13, 2010 11:12 PM
    Wouldn't it be funny if they did build a viable fusion power source?
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    feeddagoat , May 13, 2010 11:13 PM
    haha complete bull. They can't even get a missile to fly far enough to be any major threat and thats been their clear goal for years. The country is still in darkness at night other wise it would be pretty obvious they had achieved this. Surely fission t5hats controlled needs to be achieved before this too
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    sicpric , May 13, 2010 11:18 PM
    NK and their 1950's technology doesn't concern me. :) 
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    Anonymous , May 13, 2010 11:20 PM
    if true thats scary. with out the bullshit politics like we have it could be done this quickly, but i dont think it was.
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    Jackalope73 , May 13, 2010 11:25 PM
    I think we have this all wrong. Kim Jong Il isn't interested in provided power to relieve the burdens of his people. Now, he is interested in his favorite T.V. show "Lost" and S. Korea. So when they say they have created an "Artificial Sun" it is a Kwon reactor. And it has been shown to generate quite a reaction from Kim Jong. Well as much as can be expected from a dictator of his age after a stroke. It has yet to be seen if it will generate enough heat to create power. Next week, North Korea shares the secret to a stained reaction with the "Articial Sun". And in other news N.Korea re-invents Viagra. Well you can see were this is going.
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    rwpritchett , May 13, 2010 11:26 PM
    Somebody better get fusion working... I'm looking forward to having a Mr Fusion in 2015. :) 
  • 13 Hide
    Trialsking , May 13, 2010 11:27 PM
    I bet they will use this fusion reactor to build nano suits.........
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    halls , May 13, 2010 11:30 PM
    But can it power a computer that can play Crysis?
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    ravicai , May 13, 2010 11:34 PM
    Yes, but South Korea has Starcraft II.
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    the_krasno , May 13, 2010 11:39 PM
    Like the time they said they cloned humans, then took it back?
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    marraco , May 13, 2010 11:48 PM
    Surround an atomic bomb with paraffin, and you have nuclear fusion.

    What we need is self sustained nuclear fusion. That is the hard issue.
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    halls , May 13, 2010 11:48 PM
    Boxa786Love how the media hate instantly bash N Korea. I dont support anything but my own two leggs, I simply keep an open mind at all times, and in this case would all the media and every other critic to be proven wrong. Esp the "we rule all" american way of living.

    You haven't read much about North Korea and Kim Jong Il, have you?
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