Has the North Korean Threat Really Gone? By James Reed
Even the Alt Right ultra-paranoid sites, which I live on, have relaxed given the gestures of peace made by North Korea. After all, Kim has said that he wants peace, and he would not tell us a lie would he? In fact, the reality of the halting of nuclear tests may only be because of geophysical reasons:
“A study by Chinese geologists shows the mountain above North Korea’s main nuclear test site has collapsed under the stress of nuclear test explosions. This would render the site unsafe for further nuclear testing and necessitate monitoring for any leaking radiation. Is this perhaps the reason Kim Jong-Un has agreed to denuclearize North Korea? Perhaps, but of course, we’ll probably never know. The findings by the scientists at the University of Science and Technology of China may shed new light on North Korean President Kim Jong Un’s announcement that his country was ceasing its testing program. Nuclear explosions release enormous amounts of heat and energy, and the North’s largest test in September was believed early on to have rendered the site in northeastern North Korea unstable.
The data in the latest Chinese study was collected following the most powerful of the North’s six nuclear device tests on September 3, 2017 that they believed could have triggered four earthquakes over the following weeks. The yield of the bomb was estimated at more than 100 kilotons of TNT, at least 10 times stronger than anything the North had tested previously. (The bomb the United States dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 had a yield of about 15 kilotons.)” https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/action/doSearch?AllField=north+korea&SeriesKey=19448007&sortBy=Earliest&
The problem now is that if the North Korea test site has collapsed there could be a severe leakage of radioactive materials, which could contaminate China. Needless to say, China will not be happy about that. Nothing precludes North Korea from doing an “Iran,” and working away more quietly on its weapons in secret facilities, putting off underground tests until a new site is found. Then we are back to square one.