North Korea's Nuclear Test Site Is A Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland


North Korean's six underground nuclear tests are reducing an entire province to a wasteland and causing genetic defects among countless newborns, defectors have revealed.

A group of defectors say springs have run dry while 80 per cent of newly planted trees have withered and died at Punggye-ri in the secretive country's north east.

One of the defectors claims that deformed babies were born in the hospital there.

According to Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi, up to 200 people were killed when a tunnel at the North's nuclear test site collapsed in the days following the September 3 test of an apparent hydrogen bomb.

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The accident is believed to have been caused by Kim's sixth nuclear test, which some officials believe was a H-bomb. Local residents are forced to drink polluted water that flows from the mountain where the nuclear test site is located, Chosun Ilbo reports.

An Indonesian official at Indonesia's Meterological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) points to a map of North Korea showing where the agency recorded a 6.2 magnitude quake caused by a North Korean nuclear test on September 3, 2017. Common people were not informed about the nuclear tests, but the authorities took measures to evacuate military mens' families, one of the defectors said.

Seoul National University nuclear engineering professor Suh Kyan-ryal said it is possible that the underground tests may have caused fissures resulting in nuclear contamination of the underlying soil and water supply. It is unclear if the North provides such treatment for prisoners brought in to clean up after a nuclear test without proper equipment and protection, but North Korea's human rights record suggests that such services are not available for these individuals.

Eighty percent of trees in the area around the test site have died, the water is thought to be contaminated, and fish have died out, according to accounts from 21 defectors who used to live in Kilju.

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"You can blame it on poor planting, but the number of trees that die is higher than in other mountains", they said. "Trout and pine mushrooms were sent to senior party officials as gifts in the 1980s, but they disappeared after the first nuclear test in 2006", one said.

Locals are forbidden from going to Pyongyang.

Local residents were prohibited from traveling to Pyongyang after the sixth nuclear test.

Speaking with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, Trump said: "We will together confront North Korea's actions and prevent the North Korean dictator from threatening millions and millions of lives".

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The Unification Ministry here has been conducting radioactive contamination tests of 30 North Korean defectors from Kilju since last month.