The real threat of DPRK is that it mastered light isotope fusion

The initial three Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK) tests were all low yield tests. The low yield of 2006 and other tests were called duds. DPRK had access to lithium deuteride and by 2016 the UN accused DPRK of selling lithium isotopes. The DPRK likely tested other light nucleons with atomic mass less than 12 for use in nuclear weapons. Lithium deuteride sustains a reaction based on [a] high energy photon chain reaction at light speed.

Plutonium or Uranium chain reaction[s] involve [a] neutron or fractured nucleus with mass moving at high speed but below [the] speed of light. The mass chain reaction does not proceed at light speed. The radiation thermal energy can blow [the] reaction apart in [a] mass chain reaction but the photon chain reaction is much faster. With Lithium deuteride the chain reaction speed is at light speed.

So even in public records lithium deuteride and its analogs are essential for nuclear weapons. Both lithium 6 and lithium 7 are natural isotopes of lithium and not restricted. Deuterium is available in seawater. The need for energy to begin photon chain reaction was first supplied by fission reaction in [the] US program. The US and USSR did over 2000 nuclear tests. It is entirely possible that other better substitutes were found for Lithium Deuteride with lower ignition energies than lithium deuteride.

The low yield of [the] DPRK[’s] first tests were likely searches for triggers or primers for analogs of lithium deuteride. The 2006 DPRK test was [a] test for triggering Lithium Deuteride chain reaction with a yield substantially from primer. Interestingly DPRK is [the] only country to claim in [the Korean Central News Agency] KCNA a break th[r]ough in cold fusion in 2010. With its limited stock of Plu239[, the] DPRK needed U238 and LiD or [an] analog to provide energy.

Fusion-boosted fission bombs can also be made immune to neutron radiation from nearby nuclear explosions, which can cause other designs to predetonate, blowing themselves apart without achieving a high yield. The combination of reduced weight in relation to yield and immunity to radiation has ensured that most modern nuclear weapons are fusion-boosted. Plus Lithium and it[s] analogs produce gamma rays useful for [Electromagnetic Pulse] EMP.

Wikipedia says

“The fusion reaction rate typically becomes significant at 20 to 30 megakelvins. This temperature is reached at very low efficiencies, when less than 1% of the fissile material has fissioned (corresponding to a yield in the range of hundreds of tons of TNT).”

Since implosion weapons can be designed that will achieve yields in this range even if neutrons are present at the moment of criticality, fusion boosting allows the manufacture of efficient weapons that are immune to predetonation. Elimination of this hazard is a very important advantage in using boosting. It appears that every weapon now in the U.S. arsenal is a boosted design. So while the world laughed at [the] DPRK it was searching for low energy triggers for Lithium Deuteride or its analogs. It shows a mature long term approach to solving [the] DPRK[’s] lack of fissile material.

This suggests the Sixth DPRK nuclear test should be a photon chain reaction producing 150-250 KT. 38 North [1] has noted the spoils pile for digging the sixth test is deeper and has [a] capacity [of] 250 KT. The basic raw materials lithium deuterium and U238 are available to all poor countries. If DPRK has mastered a trigger for these available materials or their substitutes nukes might become available in mass to all poor countries. Knowledge would create power to transform common materials into 250 KT weapons with [an] EMP burst.

All this information is available studying wikipedia and open non-classified sources.

With KT weapons available what poor country would chose to buy a 150 million US F35 fighter? So you see the predicament of [the] DPRK. Their knowledge if attacked will be difficult to suppress. If DPRK nuclear research succeeds then many poor countries will imitate their achievements and sales of US conventional weapons will suffer. US has countered DPRK nuclear success with economic sanctions to discourage imitators of DPRK program. The success of DPRK if duplicated will make globalist [globalization?] of resisting countries very difficult.

Posted by: Steven Mark Hayden | Apr 16, 2017 6:25:28 PM | 205

[1]Jeffrey Lewis, “Can North Korea Build the H-Bomb?”, 38 North, 11 June 2010, http://38north.org/2010/06/can-north-korea-build-the-h-bomb/