Kim Jong Un’s constant provocation of nearly the entire planet has caused concern over a great many possible outcomes for the rogue regime, but none like this.
North Korea has a long and sordid history with missile launches and weapons testing. Until recently, the hermit kingdom was considered a bit of a joke on the global stage due to its absurd claims regarding advancements in nuclear technology, the consistent and bizarre threats being spewed by their leadership, and a bevy of botched rocket tests that painted the entire dictatorship as nothing more than a farcical bit of comic relief.
How things have changed in recent months.
Not only has North Korea launched two ICBM’s capable of reaching the United States fairly easily, but they have also conducted an underground test of what many experts believe was a hydrogen bomb, marking the first thermonuclear test in the nation’s history.
During that terrifying detonation, however, something else occurred that has both China and North Korea on high alert.
“China has limited access to a nature reserve on its border with North Korea after mysterious seismic shakes at the rogue nation’s nuclear test site were detected less than 10 minutes after it launched a missile earlier this month.
“Beijing reportedly closed the site over fears that underground detonations by the North Koreans at a facility near Punggye-ri could lead to rockslides and even trigger an eruption of the active volcano Mount Paektu, which is sacred to North Korea and located right on the border between the two countries.
“The notices from Chinese authorities, restricting access to the Changbaishan National Nature Reserve, were posted on China’s state-regulated analog to Twitter Weibo, South Korea’s Donga Ilbo newspaper reported Thursday. It covers a radius of around 70 miles from the Punggye-ri test site.
“‘For the safety and convenience of travelers, we have temporarily closed the southern tourist zone of Changbai Mountain,’ read the message from Chinese authorities, translated by UPI. ‘Officials are thoroughly investigating the safety of the tourist area.’ The area will remain closed to the public until ‘the potential risks disappear,’ it said. “
Not only does China now need to worry about radioactive isotopes wafting into their airspace from a possibly failing testing facility in North Korea’s remote mountains, but now, the may need to take a good, hard look at their volcano preparations as well.
It is unlikely that this harrowing new scenario will effect Kim Jong Un, who has show little regard for the safety of his people or neighboring populations during this most recent escalation of tensions.