On October 9, 2006, North Korea carried out its first test of a nuclear device. The explosion was estimated to be the equivalent to 1kt worth of TNT. The second nuclear test occurred on May 25, 2009 and the explosion seems to be equivalent to 6kt of TNT. The third test was performed on February 12, 2013 equalled the explosion of 6 to
~16kt of TNT.
The effects of the uses of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were deadly. The power of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima is the same as 16kt of TNT, which is almost equivalent to any of the North Korean nuclear weapons.
If these frightening nuclear weapons are developed further and used, it could have a devastating effect. First, if the North Korean nuclear weapons are used on Seoul and Tokyo, it would kill and injure two million people in each city, not to mention the radioactivity fallout particles that would remain for decades.
Second, there is a serious danger of nuclear weapons in many wrong hands. If the North’s technology expands and miniaturizes its nuclear weapons, North Korea could look for overseas buyers and uclear weapons could be put in other rogue nations’ possessions.
Third, there would be aggravation of relations between the United States and China. When the North does something wrong, China is expected to come forward to solve the problem, given that Beijing is the North’s closest ally and therefore has the most influence on Pyongyang. Yet, China is saying its influence is limited because North Korea rejects and resists pressure from other countries. In addition, China states Beijing has its own goals. If China does not help to stop further development of nuclear weapons of North Korea, there will be tension between China and the United States (and South Korea and Japan).
North Korea is developing more powerful nuclear weapons. he only way to prevent mass destruction is denuclearization and to ban the North from further development of nuclear weapons.