The Daily Shot, Ricochet, September 5, 2017

Over the weekend, the North Koreans conducted their sixth nuclear weapons test. As usual, they have declared it a “perfect success.” (But to be fair, they also claim a “perfect success” every time lil’ Kim eats a donut, so…) This one they claim is a hydrogen bomb. And while they also claimed their January 2016 test was also a hydrogen bomb, that claim was dubious. This time the bang was big enough (an estimated 100 to 300 kilotons), that it’s pretty likely they succeeded. (It also created a 6.3 magnitude tremor.)

You may be wondering what differentiates an h-bomb from a regular old a-bomb. That’s a complex question, but simply put, an atomic bomb (like what we used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki) is a fission bomb, where a hydrogen bomb, is a fusion bomb. There’s a lot more energy released, and basically an h-bomb is two bombs in one, with a fission bomb triggering the fusion bomb.

Gen. Mattis responded to the North Korean test on Sunday by saying, “Any threat to the United States or its territories including Guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response.” Adding, “Kim Jong Un should take heed the United Nations Security Council’s unified voice. All members unanimously agreed on the threat North Korea poses. And they remain unanimous in their commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Because we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely, North Korea, but as I said we have many options to do so.”

Well, then, it doesn’t get any more direct than that.