Halifax — Citizens of Western countries are breathing a sigh of relief today due to revelations contained in new leaks from the country of North Korea.
Information released today indicates that although the dictatorship likely has the capability to build and deliver an estimated 30-kiloton nuclear weapon, presently they are only capable of reaching the east coast of Canada with their existing technology.
“So phew…I guess we can all breathe a little easier now,” smiled Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan. “Now that we know how limited the North Korean delivery technology is, we can all sleep a little better at night. Presently they are not capable of attacking any of the major population centres on the planet. This gives us time to let diplomacy attempt to resolve this situation.”
Dispatches from intelligence sources revealed today that North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile technology does allow the reclusive dictator’s regime to mount a nuclear warhead on an ICBM. However, due to their present level of technological development and geographical restrictions imposed by the curvature of the planet, they are only capable of striking targets in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI at present.
“Guam is safe,” said U.S. President Donald Trump today at a press briefing. “I know many of you hadn’t even heard of Guam until last week, but now we know that North Korea can only strike a totally different place that you’ve never heard of. But, this one is nowhere near the United States…I think. Where the hell is Nova Scotia anyways?”
- The most devastating damage would be from the nuclear fireball at the epicentre, but the size would be no more than an estimated 0.18 km².
- The air blast radius of that 30 kt yield would be around 2.36 km² — enough to topple every building from the Casino Nova Scotia to Citadel Hill to the Museum of Natural History, and as far south as the Discovery Centre. Estimated fatalities would be 100%.
- The 500 rem radiation radius would envelop from Pier 21 to the MacDonald Bridge to the IWK — around 6 km² — producing 50-90% mortality over several weeks.
“So yeah, nothing to worry about. It’s not like Seoul with 10 million people or anything. The cost/benefit calculation doesn’t make any sense for them,” said Minister Sajjan. “Unless North Korea somehow gets backed into a corner and they decide that they have to launch one to make a point or something. But, how likely is that really?”