When word got out that North Korea was ending its nuclear testing program ahead of a historic summit between North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, it initially looked like the prospect of that summit led Kim to end his nuclear saber-rattling. But a recent geological study suggests that Trump shouldn’t take any credit for making Kim see reason. It looks like Mother Nature would have forced Kim to give up his nuclear ambitions regardless of who was in the White House.
Even before South Korean officials announced that North Korea would shut down its nuclear test site in May, a number of people were already saying Trump deserved at least part of the credit. For instance, Daniel Davis, a former adviser to the South Korean army, told The Associated Press that Trump should get credit for making headway on direct talks with Pyongyang. Watch here.
But according to several scientists from the University of Science and Technology of China and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the biggest reason for this breakthrough has less to do with Trump than with the laws of nature. In a report due to be published in full in next month’s edition of the peer-reviewed Geophysical Research Letters, they revealed that North Korea had little choice but to end nuclear testing after its test site collapsed.
Based on a comparison of satellite imagery before and after the tests, the three scientists concluded that when North Korea detonated its most powerful nuclear warhead last fall, it actually marked the beginning of the end for Kim’s nuclear ambitions. They believe that the force of the blast caused the collapse of North Korea’s longtime nuclear test site, Mount Mantap in the remote northern portion of the country.
North Korea had conducted four previous tests, none of which caused visible structural damage to Mount Mantap. The September 3 test, however, tore a hole in the 7,200-foot peak and caused a large portion of the mountain to collapse on itself.
It’s hard to believe that there wasn’t already significant damage to the mountain from the nuclear tests of 2003, 2009, 2013 and 2016. Even if there was, it’s not likely that this detail was divulged to either Kim Jong-un or his father, Kim Jong-il. In North Korea, what the Kims want, they get–and everything else, including Mother Nature, be hanged.
This study appears to expose–once again–the ramshackle foundations of Kim’s regime. While North Korea has long had one of the largest armies in the world–the fourth-largest, at last count–its economy and infrastructure have long been fourth-class.
Simply put, North Korea does not have the infrastructure to support a war. This study appears to prove that beyond any doubt. Kim didn’t end his nuclear program out of the goodness of his black heart, or in order to appease a man he’d once called a “dotard.” He ended it because he literally could not continue.
Incredibly, there’s already talk that Trump deserves a Nobel Peace Prize if lasting peace is achieved on the Korean peninsula on his watch.
By the logic being proffered to give Trump a Nobel Prize, they should actually be awarding it to Mother Nature. It cannot be stated enough–Kim didn’t end those tests himself. Mother Nature ended them for him.
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