Why Kim Jong-un Really Froze His Nuclear Testing

I’m certain that I was not the only one surprised at Kim Jong-un’s statement that N. Korea would cease their nuclear testing.   Now the real story has surfaced that the combination of the testing and earthquakes in that area proved too forceful for the mountain which caved in and collapsed the nuclear site.

From scmp.com

North Korea’s nuclear test site has collapsed … and that may be why Kim Jong-un suspended tests

The mountain’s collapse after a fifth blast last fall has led to the creation of a massive ‘chimney’ that could leak radioactive fallout into the air, researchers have found.

North Korea’s mountain nuclear test site has collapsed, putting China and other nearby nations at unprecedented risk of radioactive exposure, two separate groups of Chinese scientists studying the issue have confirmed.

The collapse after five nuclear blasts may be why North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared on Friday that he would freeze the hermit state’s nuclear and missile tests and shut down the site, one researcher said.

The last five of Pyongyang’s six nuclear tests have all been carried out under Mount Mantap at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea’s northwest.

One group of researchers found that the most recent blast tore open a hole in the mountain, which then collapsed upon itself. A second group concluded that the breakdown created a “chimney” that could allow radioactive fallout from the blast zone below to rise into the air.

A research team led by Wen Lianxing, a geologist with the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, concluded that the collapse occurred following the detonation last autumn of North Korea’s most powerful thermal nuclear warhead in a tunnel about 700 metres (2,296 feet) below the mountain’s peak.

The test turned the mountain into fragile fragments, the researchers found.

The mountain’s collapse, and the prospect of radioactive exposure in the aftermath, confirms a series of exclusive reports by the South China Morning Post on China’s fears that Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test had caused a fallout leak.

Radioactive dust could escape through holes or cracks in the damaged mountain, the scientists said.

“It is necessary to continue monitoring possible leaks of radioactive materials caused by the collapse incident,” Wen’s team said in the statement.

The findings will be published on the website of the peer-reviewed journal, Geophysical Research Letters, likely next month.

North Korea saw the mountain as an ideal location for underground nuclear experiments because of its elevation – it stood more than 2,100 metres (6,888 feet) above sea level – and its terrain of thick, gentle slopes that seemed capable of resisting structural damage.

The mountain’s surface had shown no visible damage after four underground nuclear tests before 2017.

But the 100-kilotonne bomb that went off on September 3 vaporised surrounding rocks with unprecedented heat and opened a space that was up to 200 metres (656 feet) in diameter, according to a statement posted on the Wen team’s website on Monday.

As shock waves tore through and loosened more rocks, a large section of the mountain’s ridge, less than half a kilometre (0.3 mile) from the peak, slipped down into the empty pocket created by the blast, leaving a scar visible in satellite images.

Wen concluded that the mountain had collapsed after analysing data collected from nearly 2,000 seismic stations.

Three small earthquakes that hit nearby regions in the wake of the collapse added credence to his conclusion, suggesting the test site had lost its geological stability.

Another research team led by Liu Junqing at the Jilin Earthquake Agency with the China Earthquake Administration in Changchun reached similar conclusions to the Wen team.

The “rock collapse … was for the first time documented in North Korea’s test site,” Liu’s team wrote in a paper published last month in Geophysical Research Letters.

The breakdown not only took off part of the mountain’s summit but also created a “chimney” that could allow fallout to rise from the blast centre into the air, they said.

Zhao Lianfeng, a researcher with the Institute of Earth Science at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, said the two studies supported a consensus among scientists that “the site was wrecked” beyond repair.

“Their findings are in agreement to our observations,” he said.

“Different teams using different data have come up with similar conclusions,” Zhao said. “The only difference was in some technical details. This is the best guess that can be made by the world outside.”

Speculation grew that North Korea’s site was in trouble when Lee Doh-sik, the top North Korean geologist, visited Zhao’s institute about two weeks after the test and met privately with senior Chinese government geologists.

Although the purpose of Lee’s visit was not disclosed, two days later Pyongyang announced it would no longer conduct land-based nuclear tests.

Hu Xingdou, a Beijing-based scholar who follows North Korea’s nuclear programme, said it was highly likely that Pyongyang had received a stark warning from Beijing.

“The test was not only destabilising the site but increasing the risk of eruption of the Changbai Mountain,” a large, active volcano at China-Korean border, said Hu, who asked that his university affiliation not be disclosed for this article because of the topic’s sensitivity.

The mountain’s collapse has likely dealt a huge blow to North Korea’s nuclear programme, Hu said.

Hit by crippling international economic sanctions over its nuclear ambitions, the country might lack sufficient resources to soon resume testing at a new site, he said.

“But there are other sites suitable for testing,” Hu said. “They must be closely monitored.”

Guo Qiuju, a Peking University professor who has belonged to a panel that has advised the Chinese government on emergency responses to radioactive hazards, said that if fallout escaped through cracks, it could be carried by wind over the Chinese border.

“So far we have not detected an abnormal increase of radioactivity levels,” Guo said. “But we will continue to monitor the surrounding region with a large [amount] of highly sensitive equipment and analyse the data in state-of-the-art laboratories.”

Zhao Guodong, a government nuclear waste confinement specialist at the University of South China, said that the North Korean government should allow scientists from China and other countries to enter the test site and evaluate the damage.

“We can put a thick layer of soil on top of the collapsed site, fill the cracks with special cement, or remove the pollutants with chemical solution,” he said.

“There are many methods to deal with the problem. All they need [to do] is ask.” – source

Now the question remains – which areas are at high risk of radiation poisoning? I would hope that the leaders in South Korea would be honest with their people if they are at high risk for radiation.





10 thoughts on “Why Kim Jong-un Really Froze His Nuclear Testing

  1. Hi, Geri got an off the topic question I was talking to someone and other people I know about Joel Osteen I said he is a false teacher and damned they said I was judging everybody around me didn’t like that I said that what more can I say about Joel Osteen they don’t want to listen. They said I don’t listen to Joel Osteen so I don’t know what he says what can I say when they say that? Was I wrong to say Joel Osteen is damned?

    1. “Was I wrong to say Joel Osteen is damned?”

      Yes. That is judging as with authority to condemn. His eternal fate and or any condemnation is for God.

      HOWEVER, Pointing out his ERROR and identifying erroneous/ false teaching is discernment.

      Matthew 7:1 (NASB)
      1 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.

      The Greek word for Judge here is krinō (Kree-no) The usage here denotes to condemn.

      We truly do not know if Osteen is damned. Only God knows his heart. We do know what he teaches does not line up with the Word of God. To call him a false teacher is not condemning him. Judgement in that sense is discernment.

      Vengeance and condemnation are for God alone.

      Discernment is for us.

      Matthew 7:15-16 (NASB)
      15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
      16 “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?


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  3. Ok but Paul said those who preached a false Gospel are damned Joel Osteen preaches a false Gospel so according to the Word of God especially Galatians 1:8-10

    1. Brother,

      In Galatians 1, Paul was dealing with Judaizers. They (in a nut-shell) basically taught that Christ wasn’t enough, and you had to follow the Torah also. Hence the “false gospel”, Paul was combatting. Paul didn’t judge them with eternal condemnation. He accursed them. The word for accursed is anathema:
      from (anatithemai); a (religious) ban or (concrete) excommunicated (thing or person).

      Paul at times wrote that sinners who practiced sin would take part in the Lake of Fire. But not individuals by name.

      It’s one thing to say: “Brian is an adulterer and will burn in hell for it. That is judging someone. A no no according to The Lord.

      As opposed to: “Brian is cheating on his wife, That is wrong and we as his brethren should confront this and call him out on it. Should he continue in this sin, we should maybe expel him from the congregation.”

      As for Joel Osteen… Brother there’s a trillion things I can discern wrong with his teachings. All the Word Faith Nonsense, the Prosperity nonsense.. Yadda yadda…. But, I have no idea of his eternal fate. Only God does.


      1. Ok doesn’t the Council of trent damn us because We aren’t in the Catholic Church We damn them or anathema them they anathema us and on and on it goes. We all say things We shouldn’t correct?

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  5. “We all say things We shouldn’t correct?”

    God knows I have and do. When I do scriptures like this pop up at me….

    Proverbs 17:28 (NASB)
    28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.

    Then I repent….


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