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  1. lca-fan

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    KIM'S DISASTER
    North Korea nuclear base COLLAPSES ‘killing at least 200 people’ amid fears of massive radioactive leak


    The collapse happened at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the country's north-east on October 10, according to reports

    By Tom Michael
    31st October 2017, 1:03 pm
    Updated: 31st October 2017, 1:35 pm
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    A TUNNEL at an underground North Korea nuclear site has collapsed with up to 200 people killed, according to reports.

    The collapse happened at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the north-east of the country on October 10, according to Japan’s TV Asahi.

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    THE SUN
    The Punggye-ri test site in North Korea is carved deep into Mount Mantap, as these file images show

    The disaster has prompted fears of a massive radioactive leak which could spark a Chernobyl- or Fukushima-style disaster.

    A North Korean official said the collapse happened during the construction of an underground tunnel, South Korea’s Yonhapnews agency reports.

    Some 100 people are said to have been trapped by the initial tunnel collapse, with a further 100 lost in a second collapse during a rescue operation, Asahi reported Tuesday.


    Lee Eugene, a spokeswoman at South Korea’s unification ministry, said: “We are aware of the report but do not know anything about it.”

    The accident is believed to have been caused by Kim Joing-un’s sixth nuclear test which weakened the mountain, according to the report.

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    PLANET LABS, INC
    The mountain where the test site is hidden is seen before the last nuclear test

    AIRBUS DS / SPOT IMAGE
    Satellite images show Mount Mantap pock-marked with craters from landslides after the last nuclear test


    AIRBUS DS / SPOT IMAGE
    A close-up of a subsidence crater show scarring from landslides after the tests


    PLANET LABS, INC.
    Another image shows where the nuclear tests are believed to have taken place
    It was reported earlier this year that the mountain under which the base is believed to be hidden was at risk of collapsing and leaking radiation into the region.

    Experts said if the peak crumbles, clouds of radioactive dust and gas would blanket the region, the South China Morning Post reported.

    The Punggye-ri test site is carved deep into the side of Mount Mantap.

    Geophysicist Wen Lianxing and his team at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Anhui province, said they were “confident” underground detonations were occurring underneath the mountain.


    PLEIADES CNES/AIRBUS DS/38 NORTH/SPOT IMAGE
    A satellite image taken on April 12, 2017 of a North Korean Punggye-ri test site


    North Korea state media celebrates its missile capability

    REUTERS
    Satellite images show the area around North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site


    REUTERS
    Punggye-ri is seen in commercial satellite imagery taken April 12, 2017
    They posted an analysis of data collected from more than 100 seismic monitoring sites across China.

    This has narrowed down the location of Pyongyang’s nuclear tests with a margin of error of just 100m. They’ve all been under the same mountain.

    Seismic data showed the underground test triggered an earthquake of magnitude 6.3, around ten times more powerful than the fifth test a year ago.




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    Satellite images showed the blast caused numerous landslides around the Punggye-ri test site, according to the Washington-based 38 North monitoring project.

    But Chinese nuclear weapons researcher and chair of the China Nuclear Society Wang Naiyan told the Morning Post a collapse could spark a major environmental disaster.

    He said: “We call it ‘taking the roof off’. If the mountain collapses and the hole is exposed, it will let out many bad things.

    “A 100 kiloton bomb is a relatively large bomb. The North Korean government should stop the tests as they pose a huge threat not only to North Korea but to other countries, especially China.”




    North Korea's Kim Jong Un celebrates with scientists after nuclear tests
    Satellite photos taken just a day after the blast reveal new gravel and scree fields shaken loose by the blasts at an elevation of about 2205m.

    Analysts said these appeared more numerous and widespread than those caused by previous detonations — which would be in keeping with the increased size of the bomb.

    Wang said there are limited mountains in North Korea that are “suitable” to conduct a nuclear test.

    He said if the North had simply drilled into the side of the mountain, this increased the risk of “blowing the top off”.

    News of the tunnel collapse comes after it emerged Russia and the US have both flown nuclear bombers near the country as tensions grow over Kim’s nuke threats.

    Why did North Korea test its H-bomb underground?


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    Nuclear devices are often tested underground to prevent radioactive material released in the explosion reaching the surface and contaminating the environment.

    This method also ensures a degree of secrecy.

    The release of radiation from an underground nuclear explosion – an effect known as “venting” – would give away clues to the technical composition and size of a country’s device.

    How exactly does the underground test work?


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    A test site is carefully geologically surveyed to ensure suitability – usually in a place well away from population centres.

    https://www.google.co.in/amp/s/www....00-radioactive-leak-fears-latest-updates/amp/

     
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    I wonder the real reason for the collapse, Can be a very Deliberately planned attacked under the garb of an incident. Action filled times ahead.
     
  3. lca-fan

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    World war 3 just around the corner....
     
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    I am sure this is a coincidence :lol:
     
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    therefore proving it is actually a Chinese program..... :)
     
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    North Korea nuclear crisis ALERT: Radioactive cloud 'to ENGULF hemisphere,' warns China

    Chinese geologists today warned their North Korea counterparts that the Punggye-ri underground nuclear facility may collapse if future tests are carried out at the same location.

    Experts claimed future testing might "blow the top off the mountain," spreading radioactive waste through the wind and cracks created during the implosion.

    And they suggested the deadly radiation cloud could spread across the entire hemisphere sparking a major global disaster.

    The dangerously high levels of radiation could kill thousands or even millions - perhaps not instantly, but over the following weeks, months and years.

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    All of North Korea's nuclear tests have been conducted near the same mountain

    A researcher at the country's Peking University, said: “China cannot sit and wait until the site implodes.

    “Our instruments can detect nuclear fallout when it arrives, but it will be too late by then.

    “There will be public panic and anger at the government for not taking action.”

    READ MORE: Hundreds dead at North Korea's nuclear missile testing facility after tunnel collapse

    Lan Xiaoqing, a researcher at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics Associate, said: “The fallout can spread to an entire hemisphere.”


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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides guidance on a nuclear weapons program in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency


    The fallout can spread to an entire hemisphere

    Lan Xiaoqing, researcher

    All of North Korea's nuclear tests have been conducted at the Punggye-ri test site - which is built into Mount Mantap.

    While the exact locations of the nuclear tests themselves remain a mystery, seismologists believe they can pinpoint it to a 100-metre area.

    While a test site could be operated safely at such a location, unsophisticated engineers are believed to have increased the risk of disaster with crude drilling techniques.

    Punggye-ri was also the site of North Korea’s sixth-ever nuclear test on September 3, which caused a huge earthquake and sparked a series of smaller tremors and landslides ever since.

    Foreign experts and human rights activists had warned this month of the danger of despot Kim Jong-un’s crumbling facilities.

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    North Korea's September 3 nuclear test sparked an earthquake
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    North Korea could cause the collapse of its own nuclear facility
    On Monday South Korea warned another nuclear test at the site could lead to a total collapse of the mountain facility, causing a deadly leak of radioactive materials.

    And today it was revealed today that around 100 people were killed when an unfinished tunnel collapsed at North Korea’s Punggye-ri facility.

    Another group of around 100 people subsequently died while attempting to rescue the entombed workers.

    The disaster was revealed by Japan’s TV Asahi today, although they could not clarify when the accident and subsequent doomed rescue attempts took place.

    They said North Korean sources told them the collapse occurred as workers were working on the new tunnel. A second collapse took place as workers tried to rescue their colleagues.

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    North Korea news: A satellite image of the Punggye-ri facility
    READ MORE: Will North Korea conduct another nuclear test?

    The collapse is seen as evidence the September 3 test destabilised the mountainside facility after North Korea tested a huge 100-kiloton explosive which was around seven times as powerful as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima during WW2.

    Paul Richards, a seismologist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, said: “What we are seeing from North Korea looks like some kind of stress in the ground.

    "In that part of the world, there were stresses in the ground, but the explosions have shaken them up."

    North Korea has not engaged in any missile or nuclear provocations since mid-September.

    [​IMG]38 NORHT - AIRBUS DEFENSE

    North Korea is continuing to develop its nuclear arsenal

    But chilling satellite photos suggest North Korea could be ready to launch another nuclear test with no warning the moment crackpot leader Kim Jong-un decides to push to the button.

    Grainy images of the Nampo Naval shipyard on the hermit kingdom’s west coast show Kim is continuing to work on his second barge so his navy can carry out underwater test missile launches.

    The 68ft barge is identical to another seen at the Sinpo South shipyard on the east coast which has been involved in up to six test launches since 2014.

    According to 38 North, which monitors North Korea, it could suggest the hermit state is expanding the submarine-launched ballistic missile and development programme to the west coast.

    Experts believe the aerial images of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility also show a central ring that is used to support a missile launch tube during testing.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world...saster-radiation-whole-hemisphere-world-war-3
     
  7. lca-fan

    lca-fan Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Or could be PO RKI - Lizard combi .............
     
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    If Nukes explode in Korea, China will be effected. If this effects China severely, more space for India to grow economically and politically. And opportunity to enter Security council as permanent member.
     
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    Communists gonna communise.

    Waits for @The enlightened to tell us all how NK is Best Korea again.
     
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    It was a new tunnel which collapsed in September. All the 'massive radioactive leakage' is cooked up cock and bull. As is the 'nuke bombers'.

    Iran
     
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    North Korea’s dreaded Juche Bird nuke missile CONFIRMED: US admit ‘Kim is going to do it’
    NORTH Korea’s threat to explode a H-bomb over the Pacific in an unprecedented show of force is being taken seriously, the US has admitted.


    Kim Jong-un is feared to be on the verge of launching the dreaded "Juche Bird” missile – a live nuclear warhead strapped to an ICBM.


    US officials now have said they believe the threats to launch should be taken seriously as tensions rage between Pyongyang and Washington.

    North Korea suffered a disaster at its underground nuclear base, it emerged yesterday.


    And there are now fears Kim may have no choice but to fire the Juche Bird.

    Pyongyang’s top diplomats announced plans for test after a fiery clash with US President Donald Trump at the UN – and followed it up with a promise it should be taken “literally”.

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    JUCHE BIRD: US officials have admitted they believe Kim will attempt to launch the weapon

    Inside North Korea: The pictures Kim Jong-un doesn't want you to see
    Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times. Thanks to digital memory cards, he was able to save photos that was forbidden to take inside the segregated state
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    Taking pictures in the DMZ is easy, but if you come too close to the soldiers, they stop you


    “I would fully expect if he‘s telling us he’ll do it, he’s going to”

    US military official
    US officials believe North Korea’s bluster about the test is a way to reduce the chance of military action when they carry it out.

    The Pentagon is now closely monitoring the rogue state amid fears of an imminent launch.

    Back in 2006, Kim’s dad Kim Jong-il announced he was planning to detonate the nation’s first nuclear bomb the week before.
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    NUCLEAR WAR: North Korea is determined to obtain nukes to strike the US
    “I would fully expect if he‘s telling us he’ll do it, he’s going to,” an unnamed US official said, reports Defense News.

    The official was briefing reporters who were travelling with the US’s top commander General Joseph Dunford.

    Kim’s missile would fly from the nation’s eastern coast – hurtling over Japan – before flying out into the central Pacific.


    Trump shows NO FEAR: USS Ronald Reagan leads massive drill near North Korea
    The U.S. Navy is conducting joint drills with South Korea navy in a show of sea and air power designed to warn off North Korea from any military action. Including the deployment of USS Ronald Reagan, a 100,000-ton nuclear powered aircraft carrier.
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    The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan conducts joint drills with the South Korean navy at sea


    Analysts dubbed the North Korean weapon the Juche Bird in an echo of the America’s only ballistic missile launch with a nuclear warhead - the Frigate Bird.

    Kim may try to mirror what his old ally China did to prove its nuke to might to the US, as Beijing detonated a missile mounted warhead over the Pacific in 1966.

    The “Juche Bird” would be the ultimate provocation of the West and would be an unprecedented step by North Korea that could spark World War 3.

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    AIR POWER: US bombers swooped over the Pacific this week ahead of Trump's arrival in Asia
    North Korea has been silent since September 15 – not firing any missiles or detonating any nuclear weapons.

    At least 200 workers are reported to have died a collapse at nuke base Punggye-ri just days after Kim detonated his H-bomb.

    US forces are flooding into the Pacific ahead of Donald Trump’s visit to the Asia starting later this week – with North Korea expected to top the agenda.

    https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/wo...m-Jong-un-Donald-Trump-Juche-Bird-Test-Threat
     
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    North Korean defector outlines Kim Jong Un's plan to invade South Korea
    by Joel Gehrke | Nov 1, 2017, 11:39 AM

    North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un wants to develop nuclear weapons capable of striking the United States in order to clear the path for an invasion of South Korea, a defector diplomat told House lawmakers Wednesday.

    “While Kim Jong Un has already long had the tools to destroy South Korea effectively, he also believes it is necessary to drive American forces out of the peninsula,” Thae Yong Ho told the House Foreign Affairs Committee during a Wednesday hearing. “And this can be done, he believes, by being able to credibly threaten the continental United States with nuclear weapons.”


    Thae is a former senior diplomat who defected from North Korea in 2016 after a stint as the deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom.

    There are about 25,000 American service members in South Korea, which hosts one of the largest U.S. military deployments in the world. North Korea emerged this year as a top foreign policy priority for President Trump’s team, as the regime has tested intercontinental ballistic missiles for the first time and detonated a hydrogen bomb over the summer.

    “Today, Kim Jong Un thinks that only nuclear weapons and ICBMs can help him avert the continuing disintegration of the North Korean system,” Thae said in his opening statement.

    Thae blamed the disintegration of North Korea on increased access to information, despite the government’s attempt to block access to South Korean media. “[T]he existence of a prosperous and democratic South Korea so close to the border is, by itself, a major threat towards his dynasty,” Thae said.

    The Trump administration spearheaded an effort to impose multiple rounds of new sanctions on the North Korea through the United Nations Security Council. But China and Russia have insulated the regime from the full affect of such sanctions, according to western observers, and prevented the U.N. from imposing some of the stiffest sanctions.

    Thae said the United States needs to impose “targeted sanctions” on the regime. But the effort to change the dictatorship’s strategy is complicated by a “misunderstanding” of American might.

    “Frankly, Kim Jong Un is not fully aware of the strength and might of American military power,” Thae testified. “Because of this misunderstanding, Kim Jong Un genuinely believes that he can break the sanctions regime apart once he compels Washington to accept North Korea’s new status after successfully completing the development of his ICBM program and putting the new missiles into deployment.”
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/n...ns-plan-to-invade-south-korea/article/2639244
     
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