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Commentary Last Updated: Oct 10th, 2006 - 01:45:18

Was Moon behind timing of N. Korea nuke test to sway vote on next UN chief?
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer

Oct 10, 2006, 00:26

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(WMR) -- WMR's intelligence sources with links to North Korea report that some media sources are hyping the kilo-tonnage of North Korea's underground nuclear weapons test. Although some outlets are reporting that the bomb tested by North Korea was 5 to 15 kilotons, in fact, it was between 1.5 and 2.4 kilotons, considered a surprisingly low yield by Western scientists. By comparison, the bombs dropped by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were 22 kilotons.

The test was conducted in an underground tunnel at Kilju in northeast North Korea, near the Chinese frontier.

Although observers were surprised that North Korea conducted their test before the November 7 U.S. election, handing a national security plum to the Bush administration, others point to the test coming on the eve of the UN Security Council vote on the selection of the replacement for Kofi Annan as Secretary General. The South Korean Foreign Minister, Ban Ki-moon, a "non-denominational Korean Christian," is believed to have links to the Unification Church of GOP and Bush supporter Sun Myung Moon.

Sun Myung Moon also has significant economic interests in North Korea, reportedly partly owning a hotel in Pyongyang and a North Korean Fiat automobile plant.

The low yield North Korean A-test, conveniently timed on the eve of the Security Council vote on Ban Ki-moon, may forestall any Security Council permanent member veto on Ban Ki-moon, considering his nationality and popularity as an intermediary with North Korea.

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Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and nationally-distributed columnist. He is author of the forthcoming book, �Jaded Tasks: Big Oil, Black Ops & Brass Plates.� He is the editor and publisher of the Wayne Madsen Report.

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