North Korea reports nuclear fusion success

Tagged: Nuclear, Off Topic, Technology
Source: news.bbc.co.uk - Read the full article
Posted: 4 years 27 weeks ago

North Korea has announced that it has made significant progress towards the development of thermo-nuclear power.

It is a claim that is likely to be met with some scepticism.

Despite hopes that the technology can produce large quantities of cheap, clean energy, no country has so far succeeded in making it work.

North Korea is one of the world's poorest countries and struggles to generate enough electricity for lighting and other basic needs.

The statement, carried by North Korea's official state media, said the country's scientists had succeeded in carrying out nuclear fusion.

Laboratory demonstrations of the process, known to release large amounts of energy, are nothing new.

But the North Koreans appear to be claiming to have gone much further, by building what they describe as a "unique thermo-nuclear reaction device".

'Highly unlikely'

The dream of overcoming the huge technical challenges to make nuclear fusion commercially viable has so far eluded scientists in Europe, America and China, but they continue to try because the prize is so great: a cheap and abundant source of energy with little environmental impact.

North Korea's claim that it has completed the fundamental research, putting the technology within its grasp, will be dismissed as highly unlikely unless concrete evidence is produced.

Pyongyang says its latest scientific breakthrough coincides with the birthday of the country's founder, and eternal president Kim Il-sung - not the first time it seems that the laws of nature have been bent in his honour.

According to official biographies, when his son, the current leader Kim Jong-il was born, a new star appeared in the sky.

 

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Anonymous

North Korea can offer up all kinds of fantastic claims.

But it is one thing to make statements, it is a whole other thing to prove them & back them up.

While there is nothing stopping a poor country from developing something this fantastic, I won't believe it until I see them offer up actual proof backing up their claims.

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Jared Maynard wrote:

At least they are trying to be taken seriously. But at the same time God willing nuclear bombs should remain out of their hands, it's bad enough around the world.

eum you can't make nukes whit only a fusion power plant because the base of a H-bomb is still a normal nuke so if they don't have nuclear powerplants than they can't make a nuke (or alteast not as easy as other countries)

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At least they are trying to be taken seriously. But at the same time God willing nuclear bombs should remain out of their hands, it's bad enough around the world.

I sleep fine at night knowing we are banning people who deserve it.  Tivon
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