NORTH KOREA (OBSERVATORY) – In the midst of easing tension over the Korean Peninsula, Chinese experts have published photographs that may shed light on the real reason behind Pyongyang’s decision to step down from its nuclear tests.
Two separate groups of Chinese experts confirmed the collapse of a nuclear site in North Korea following an experiment, exposing neighboring countries to an unprecedented risk of nuclear failure, according to China’s South China Morning Post.
Pyongyang carried out five out of six nuclear tests at the Bungi-ri site, located under the northwest mountain of Mantab, the paper said in a statement.
The team of geologists working at the University of Science and Technology in the city of Hefei concluded that the fifth and final experiment, carried out on September 3, resulted in a huge hole in diameter about 200 meters, and made the mountain a huge pile of crumbling debris, Tunnel launch, which led to the collapse of the mountain in part, and prove that the satellite images.
In a statement, the experts expressed their concern about the possibility of nuclear collapse as a result of the incident, stressing the need to follow up the situation to prevent it.
They noted that their findings were based on data from about 2,000 seismic centers, and that monitoring three earthquakes in adjacent areas immediately after the incident was further evidence that the area was no longer geologically stable.
Another study by experts from the Jilin Seismological Agency in cooperation with China’s Seismological Department, based in Changchun City, concluded the same conclusions, pointing out that this was the first collapse of a nuclear site in North Korea.
The study confirmed that the explosion in the mountain “chimney” may be possible to leak nuclear through it from inside the site.
A researcher at the Institute of Earth Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, Zhao Lianfeng, said that the conclusion of separate experts to the same conclusions, according to various sources, confirms that the nuclear site actually suffered irreparable damage.
The report said that the number of allegations of destruction of the site rose on the back of the visit of the chief geologist in North Korea Lee Duch-Sik to Beijing, after about two weeks of the experiment, where he held closed consultations with senior geologists Chinese government, two days before the Pyongyang Declaration Has announced that it has stopped conducting land launch tests.
The North Korean government has received a stern warning from China because the incident has not only threatened neighboring countries with nuclear failure, but also caused the collapse of the Chang Bei volcano at the border between the two countries.
He added that the incident appeared to have dealt a severe blow to North Korea’s nuclear program, stressing that Pyongyang’s economy, especially under UN sanctions, could not repair the damage.