Earlier this month, North Korea announced the closure of its nuclear testing site, saying it’s suspending all nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests. The surprise move by President Kim Jong Un may be an attempt to ease relations prior to a summit with Donald Trump, but a new reports suggests the collapse of North Korea’s test facility may have been a contributing factor.
Geologists at the University of Science and Technology of China have presented evidence suggesting the mountain directly above North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site has collapsed, reports the Associated Press. The incident happened following the September 3, 2017 detonation of a nuclear bomb estimated at around 100 kilotons, which is 10 times stronger than any of the previous five tests conducted by North Korea. By comparison, the bomb used at Hiroshima in 1945 produced about 15 kilotons of explosive power.
These findings are consistent with a related study published in Geophysical Research Letters on March 14, 2018. “According to our model, the explosion created a cavity and a damaged ‘chimney’ of rocks above it,” wrote the researchers, who work at China’s Institute of Geophysics in Beijing. The analysis produced by the University of Science and Technology researchers has successfully gone through peer review, and will appear in an upcoming issue of Geophysical Research Letters.
Kim is getting a lot of propaganda mileage out of dismantling a useless site. The question is, why is anyone buying the notion that this is a "gesture towards peace"?
This meaningless action by Kim raises the prospect that the Trump-Kim summit is also an exercise in using smoke and mirrors for Kim to achieve... what? It's anyone's guess, but I think we can be reasonably certain that it won't include "denuclearization" or a halt to their development of ICBMs.
I have far more confidence in Trump and Pompeo seeing through this charade than I did in Obama's wishful idiots.
Trump has refused to continue the buffoonery of Kerry and the Community Organizer's "treaty" with Iran. and Pompeo's on record as being "dubious, to say the least, of North Korea's intentions:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s vow to destroy his country’s nuclear-testing site is “a good first step” toward a summit agreement between Kim and President Trump, but repeated that both sides will have to take unprecedented steps.
“Kim understands this will have to be big and special,” Pompeo told “Fox News Sunday.” “I think Kim appreciates the fact this is going to have to be different. . . . If we can achieve an historic outcome, both sides have to come to play.”
However, he suggested that a phased-in or action-by-action type of negotiation between the leaders, as Kim has suggested, has historically failed.
“We’ve seen this before, and it’s failed,” Pompeo said.