As the pentagon and President Trump’s administration continues to asses the offensive strikes, “Operation Bloody Nose“, it is the North Korean civilians who continue to suffer at the hands of the psychopath, Kim Jong Un.
The United States has gone into countries over far less and eradicated dictator’s who carry out genocide and atrocities against civilians.
North Korea needs addressed and squared away right now. It seems that the U.S. is dragging it’s feet and allowing North Korea to develop more biological and chemical weapon warheads to attach to their ICBM’s.
Defectors who previously lived near North Korea’s nuclear test site have showed signs of radiation exposure in their medical check-ups, South Korean officials reported on Wednesday (Dec 27).
Since October, the South’s Unification Ministry has been radiation-testing 30 defectors who previously lived in Kilju County, near North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear site.
The North has conducted all of its six nuclear tests at the site located in the country’s north-eastern province.
Concern about the safety of the site, located on the mountainous border with China, peaked in November with reports that the latest nuclear test had triggered a tunnel collapse killing 100 workers.
Chinese scientists warned that if the mountain collapsed, nuclear fallout could spread across “an entire hemisphere”.
The 30 defectors tested are among 114 refugees who have fled the country since North Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006. All of those tested came to the South before the North’s fourth nuclear test, in January 2016.
The ministry said that chromosome examinations showed that four defectors may have been exposed to radiation, though other factors such as age and smoking could have affected the result.
The government said no meaningful results appeared in urine and other tests.
Experts have expressed concern that the series of nuclear tests may have caused radioactive substances to leak into the surrounding area, putting residents’ health at risk.
Exposure to radiation raises the risk of developing leukemia and other types of cancer.
The ministry admitted that the latest medical tests represent a small sample and contain limited information. A lengthy period of time has also passed since those tested were possibly exposed to radiation.
Seoul said it would advise North Korean defectors to get their heath checked at regular intervals. It will also carry out further radiation tests on residents who flee the North.
“The possibility of radiation exposure can be suspected, but it has not been verified whether nuclear tests affected the person as there is a lack of information assessing living environments in North Korea,” a ministry official said.
Nearly two dozen defectors told South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo in November that Kilju County was turning into a “wasteland” where babies were reportedly being born with birth defects.
“I heard from a relative in Kilju that deformed babies were born in hospitals there,” one defector said, according to the newspaper.
Another added: “I spoke on the phone with family members I left behind there and they told me that all of the underground wells dried up after the sixth nuclear test.”
North Korea previously slammed recent reports surrounding the Punngye-ri test site, calling a Japanese television’s claim that at least 200 people died when tunnels collapsed underground as “misinformation.”
Huny Badger is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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