The North Korean government may be about to test a 282-kiloton nuclear bomb which could rupture the entire surface of the country and create a wide-spread radiation hazard, claims a defector.
Satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site shows complex tunneling in preparation for a radioactive blast of extremely high yield, according to a report from the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
“The nuclear test which the North is trying to conduct at the Punggye-ri test site will break the country into two pieces,” claims Thae Yong-ho, an ex-North Korean diplomat who defected last year, in an interview with Voice of America.
The defector also thinks that such an accident could spur political discord in Kim Jong-Un’s kingdom. “All northward roads and railways pass by Punggye-ri. If a massive explosion pollutes the area…a massive defection will take place there.”
It is unclear whether the bomb is expected to be “atomic,” or fission-powered, or an even more potentially powerful “nuclear” bomb such as those used by the United States and other superpowers.