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North Korea’s nuclear test site has collapsed, scientists confirm

By South China Morning Post

The mountain’s collapse after five blasts may be reason behind North Korean leader’s declaration that he would freeze tests and shut down the siteRead full story

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  • Regardless of what this means in US-NK relations, what is REALLY important is this:

    The blast is "putting China and other nearby nations at unprecedented risk of radioactive exposure, two separate groups of Chinese scientists studying the issue have confirmed."

  • I hope that South Korea, the U.S. and allies will seize this opportunity to establish a long-lasting peace. That means, unfortunately, taking North Korea seriously and potentially having to engage in diplomacy with them. This entire conflict was a result of the Hermit Kingdom’s desire to be heard by the international establishment; let’s keep that lesson in mind moving forward.

  • Hmmm. Certainly undermines the contention that tough talk from Washington forced the halt of nuclear tests - or that the test had achieved enough. For the U.S. this is good news. it puts Korea on on its back foot in any talks.

  • What Sumeet says is sad and unfortunate. However, this may be China's wake-up call to be more wary of Kim Jong Un going forward. Nuclear weapons are not toys!

  • Well, that explains North Korea's about face and rush to the negotiation table.

  • The cooperation this has caused between North Korea and the rest of this world is obviously a great thing, but this collapse could entail more long-term damage than an actual strike. The adverse environmental impacts on the mountain are clearly visible and further leaks of radioactive material could be disastrous to surrounding countries, plus these events could trigger the eruption of Changbai Mountain. Furthermore, this creates a difficult situation for the rest of the world; this is certainly

    The cooperation this has caused between North Korea and the rest of this world is obviously a great thing, but this collapse could entail more long-term damage than an actual strike. The adverse environmental impacts on the mountain are clearly visible and further leaks of radioactive material could be disastrous to surrounding countries, plus these events could trigger the eruption of Changbai Mountain. Furthermore, this creates a difficult situation for the rest of the world; this is certainly deserving of some sort of punitive action, but the people of North Korea cannot bear that and further sanctions could have negative implications for improved global relations with the country.

  • I wonder if NK will accept foreign help if there’s a radioactive crisis there, or if they’ll pretend nothing wrong is going on to maintain their “great image.”

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