Chapter 16: Perplexity

Nagasaki, Japan--Seismic tracings "prove without a doubt" that China conducted an underground nuclear test in violation of the Comprehensive Test Ban, according to the director of World Nuclear Monitor. "The bomb transients are unmistakable. This was a new design, with a higher yield than we've seen before," said Dr. Ray Milius. "I expect it's the warhead for the DF-10." The Chinese Space Agency test-fired its new long-range rocket last month. But officials in Beijing insist that the seismic event, centered near the Lop Nor nuclear test area, was an earthquake rather than an explosion, and that the Dong Feng 10 was designed as a booster for the Lotus manned spacecraft.

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State Dept. "Reviewing Data"
Video: DF-10 Launch
Japan's Premier Protests
Was Test Meant as "Warning" to Russia, U.S.?

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