North Korea’s government has long stood accused of incredible negligence when it comes to the safety of its citizens, and events this week have reiterated that tragic truth.
Over the course of the last year, North Korea has made it a priority to advance their nuclear weapons program in order to compete with the superpowers of the world. In their twisted logic, this is the only way in which to stay protected from the American government’s supposed harassment of the rogue regime. This has led to a massive shift in the way that North Korea operates as of late, with the DPRK testing not only two successful ICBM’s in July, but also setting of a probable hydrogen bomb deep underground just days after.
North Korea has traditionally tested their nuclear weapons under a mountain range at the Punggye-ri test site in order to conceal the true nature of their advancements from prying satellites and spy planes. Fears of a possible collapse at the site have been circling for some time, and now, tragically, those fears have come true.
“About 200 people are feared dead in North Korea after underground tunnels at a nuclear test site that was feared to be unstable reportedly collapsed, crushing 100 people in the initial cave-in and 100 others when the tunnels again gave way on top of rescuers.
“The collapse at the Punggye-ri test site on Oct. 10 occurred while people were doing construction on the underground tunnel, Japan’s Asahi TV reported, citing a source in North Korea. The television station also said North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3 most likely caused the tunnel to crumble and created serious damage in the region.
“No officials have confirmed the Japanese TV station’s claims, but experts have feared for more than a month that the test site was on the verge of crumbling since the nuclear blast. North Korea said it detonated a hydrogen bomb, calling it a ‘perfect success.’ It was the country’s most powerful bomb tested to date and the blast was reportedly 10 times more powerful than the nuclear bomb that was dropped over Hiroshima at the end of World War II.”
This horrific accident exemplifies Kim Jong Un and his government’s complete lack of responsibility for the safety of the North Korean people.
Over the course of North Korea’s history, human rights organizations have taken to lambasting the isolated nation over their continued use of hard labor prison camps and Nazi-esque concentration camps, as well as the country’s complete lack of concern for the poverty and famine that plague the people of the DPRK. Now, to add to the last of horrifying negligences is this nuclear disaster – an event that could finally prompt action against the hermit kingdom by the international community.