Reports are circulating that indicate that North Korea may have detonated a nuclear explosion on Thursday. The New York Times has been reporting that US officials have been concerned for the last month about what look like preparations for a nuclear test. See story: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/12/international/asia/12nuke.html?ei=5006&en=87e70c368a1790ca&ex=1095566400&partner=ALTAVISTA1&pagewanted=print&position= Now reports are appearing that a huge mushroom cloud several miles across was observed on Thursday, at a remote site in northeastern North Korea near the Chinese border, on the anniversary of the founding of North Korean regime and a traditional occasion for major events in that country. Here's an AP story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5973861/ From what I'm able to piece together, both the US and South Korean authorities are talking it down, saying either that it probably wan't nuclear or that they don't know what it was. Reporters have contacted people in the Chinese city nearest the site, but these informants say that they didn't observe anything. But they also point out that there's a mountain range between them and the site across the border. There's a buzz about this in Russia as well and rumors are that several nations have redirected reconaissance satellites to pass over the site, indicating high-level interest. Meanwhile the North Koreans haven't said anything.