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Thursday, April 26, 2018

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. 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.

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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.

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Pretty easy to "stop" tests when your entire facility is destroyed.

Trump will undoubtedly claim credit for that as well.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-04-25 05:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Did they fail due to their own fault, or....?

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-04-25 06:34 PM | Reply

Well they are good at tunneling so they should be back in business soon.

#3 | Posted by HanoverFist at 2018-04-25 06:50 PM | Reply

No no, this is Trump's Nobel prize. Stop trying to hand it to geology.

My favorite will be when Trump tells NK to stop testing, and little fat Un will say, a few billion dollars of your tax payer money and Deal! Then Trumpy will come back and tell us how he was the first to stop NK testing nukes.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-04-25 09:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Sort of explains why they suddenly became willing to discuss ending their nuclear program.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2018-04-26 12:37 PM | Reply

Pretty easy to "stop" tests when your entire facility is destroyed.
Trump will undoubtedly claim credit for that as well.

#1 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

I do enjoy when we agree on things.

#6 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-26 12:37 PM | Reply

#5 They said they would stop testing. Trump said they are giving up their nukes. That is something they never said.

time.com

Dementia Don would stand with Lil Kim next to a nuclear ICBM and continue to say they have given up their nukes.

#7 | Posted by 726 at 2018-04-26 01:17 PM | Reply

There's 7 more significant mountains in North Korea they can tunnel under.

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-04-26 01:21 PM | Reply

This seems like a bigger deal than what little news coverage this has gotten, not only for the political implications and the possible real motive behind Kim's newfound agreeableness on nukes, but also for the potential danger posed by radiation. Yikes.

#9 | Posted by cbob at 2018-04-26 02:10 PM | Reply

It's easy to suspend testing after you've successfully built warheads and long range missiles.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-04-26 02:36 PM | Reply

One of the articles I read mentioned that tunneling a new one would be easy for them but that they don't have the cash.

#11 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2018-04-26 02:39 PM | Reply

Or they could throw 1000 children at it, and tell them there's marshmallows inside.

#12 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-04-26 02:45 PM | Reply

No no, this is Trump's Nobel prize. Stop trying to hand it to geology.
My favorite will be when Trump tells NK to stop testing, and little fat Un will say, a few billion dollars of your tax payer money and Deal! Then Trumpy will come back and tell us how he was the first to stop NK testing nukes.

#4 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER AT 2018-04-25 09:32 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 3

You mean like what Obama did with Iran?

#13 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-04-26 04:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

One of the articles I read mentioned that tunneling a new one would be easy for them but that they don't have the cash.

#11 | POSTED BY 101CHAIRBORNE AT 2018-04-26 02:39 PM | REPLY

Are shovels that expensive?

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-04-26 04:52 PM | Reply

Are shovels that expensive?

#14 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG AT 2018-04-26 04:52 PM

Did you ever try to shovel a block of granite?

It isn't a pile of topsoil

#15 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-04-26 04:54 PM | Reply

--Are shovels that expensive?

Can that decrepit socialist economy even manufacture shovels?

#16 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-04-26 05:14 PM | Reply

Can that decrepit socialist economy even manufacture shovels?
#16 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Why would a totalitarian regime have a socialist economy.

Socialism is a range of economic and social systems characterised by social ownership and democratic control of the means of production, as well as the political theories and movements associated with them.

Your stupidity is staggering.

Stop drinking from the libertarian well.

#17 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-04-26 05:46 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

No no, this is Trump's Nobel prize. Stop trying to hand it to geology.
My favorite will be when Trump tells NK to stop testing, and little fat Un will say, a few billion dollars of your tax payer money and Deal! Then Trumpy will come back and tell us how he was the first to stop NK testing nukes.
#4 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER AT 2018-04-25 09:32 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 3
You mean like what Obama did with Iran?
#13 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

Actually that was Iran's money that we froze in their US Bank accounts years ago. We couldn't legally take it if we wanted to. We could only hold it in a frozen trust.

#18 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-26 05:59 PM | Reply

--Your stupidity is staggering.

Your knowledge of political theory and history is appalling. Your historical knowledge of the century since the Bolshevik revolution and 100 years of marxist theory and practice is laughable.

#19 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-04-26 06:32 PM | Reply

Did you ever try to shovel a block of granite?
It isn't a pile of topsoil

#15 | POSTED BY HATTER5183 AT 2018-04-26 04:54 PM | FLAG:

That's easier. They have no shortage of explosives.

#20 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-04-26 06:36 PM | Reply

#17 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK AT 2018-04-26 05:46 PM | REPLY | FLAGGED FUNNY BY NULLIFIDIAN

Get back together me when you think of a response.

You doing much of that these days, thinking?

Not based on your posting history.

#21 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-04-26 06:53 PM | Reply

Can that decrepit socialist economy even manufacture shovels?

#16 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2018-04-26 05:14 PM | FLAG:

If they can make a sophisticated, global, meth manufacturing & distribution network, then they can probably make a shovel.

#22 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-04-26 06:54 PM | Reply

Your knowledge of political theory and history is appalling. Your historical knowledge of the century since the Bolshevik revolution and 100 years of marxist theory and practice is laughable.
#19 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2018-04-26 06:32 PM | FLAG:

What does anything you just posted have to do with your comment:

Can that decrepit socialist economy even manufacture shovels?
#16 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

You're obviously too stupid to know what socialism is.

#23 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-04-26 06:56 PM | Reply

Did they fail due to their own fault, or....?

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92

Obama's Fault (tm)

I blame Obama for not stopping them before they blew up their own facility.

#24 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-04-26 07:29 PM | Reply

I swear you liberals suck Trump has gotten the north to talk to the south if this was Obama you would be worshiping at his feat face it Trump has done what your side could not and it is a good thing if it all works out WTF

#25 | Posted by WTFIGO at 2018-04-27 05:09 PM | Reply

No no, this is Trump's Nobel prize. Stop trying to hand it to geology.
My favorite will be when Trump tells NK to stop testing, and little fat Un will say, a few billion dollars of your tax payer money and Deal! Then Trumpy will come back and tell us how he was the first to stop NK testing nukes.
#4 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER AT 2018-04-25 09:32 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 3
You mean like what Obama did with Iran?

#13 | POSTED BY FISHPAW AT 2018-04-26 04:10 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1

If this works he will have done more for world piece than Obummer ever did. Please tell me why they gave you hero the noble peace prize for he did nothing to bring any peace to the world

#26 | Posted by WTFIGO at 2018-04-27 05:15 PM | Reply

If this works he will have done more for world piece than Obummer ever did.

He who?

The President (for life) of China or the President of South Korea?

#27 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-04-27 05:33 PM | Reply

If this works he will have done more for world piece than Obummer ever did. Please tell me why they gave you hero the noble peace prize for he did nothing to bring any peace to the world

POSTED BY WTFIGO AT 2018-04-27 05:15 PM | REPLY

Bullpucky. If this deal works THANK the president of South Korea NOT Trump. They are the responsible party for this happening.

#28 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-04-27 05:40 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

- THANK the president of South Korea NOT Trump.

I agree with that. The one item I would consider though, is Bolton.

Upon Bolton's hire, China may have made the call to Kim that this time, it's for real.

I also believe that severe sanctions played a part. Diplomacy is our friend.

#29 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-04-27 05:51 PM | Reply

That stupid flag. I NW you Laura.

#30 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-04-27 05:52 PM | Reply

If this works he will have done more for world piece than Obummer ever did. Please tell me why they gave you hero the noble peace prize for he did nothing to bring any peace to the world

#26 | Posted by WTFIGO

What exactly did Humpy do again?

#31 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-04-27 08:02 PM | Reply

What exactly did Humpy do again?

POSTED BY DONNERBOY AT 2018-04-27 08:02 PM | REPLY

He had a great fall. No one said nursery rhymes to you??? I'm saddened.

#32 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-04-27 08:06 PM | Reply

He had a great fall. No one said nursery rhymes to you??? I'm saddened.

#32 | Posted by LauraMohr

That's humpty dumpty..

WE talking about humpy trumpy.. he won't have his great fall until he realizes that wall is never going to be built.

#33 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-04-27 08:19 PM | Reply

Well...hopefully the North Korean kids will soon get food.

#34 | Posted by visiter at 2018-04-28 07:43 AM | Reply

"Well...hopefully the North Korean kids will soon get food."

Perhaps they will due to the efforts of President Moon Jae-In. One of the real statesmen in the world today. He has to wash his hands after dealing with Donald Trump and he will achieve peace between North and South Korea independent of American leadership. Nobel prize on the way, IMHO. Though, realistically, and I think he would agree, if they instead gave it to Kim Jung Un.

#35 | Posted by danni at 2018-04-28 08:05 AM | Reply

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