pyongyang - An international research group dealing with North Korea has raised the alarm about the lame and downright dangerous state of the nuclear facilities in the country. According to '38 North 'it is a miracle that no disastrous nuclear disaster has taken place yet.
According to this Washington-based group, which analyzes the developments in North Korea, the biggest nuclear threat comes not from the missiles in the Stalinist state, but from 'crumbling' reactors. The researchers warn that if nothing changes to the life-threatening situation, a 'second Chernobyl' can occur.
'Actually, it is a miracle that no nuclear accident has yet happened,' says researcher Matt Korda. 'Due to the bad security measures we also have to deal with a major threat. It is in everyone's interest to prevent such a disastrous accident. Safeguarding nuclear safety must really be regulated worldwide. '
In his ominous report, entitled 'The North Korean Nuclear Reactor Safety: the threat nobody is talking about', the organization calls for talks between North Korea and the Western world.
38 North- the name refers to the 38th latitude, which was long regarded as a dividing line between the two Koreas- points out that there is an additional danger because the country operates in isolation worldwide, there is no culture of security and all the money available to develop new weapons will be spent.
'Conversations with experts can lead to the risk being contained, but it can also be a rare opportunity to start a dialogue', Korda looks ahead. 'It can open the door for realistic discussions about the atomic program in the country. '
Earlier this year, the alarms also went off when in a video released by the government in Pyongyang, dictator Kim Jong-un was seen with a cigarette near a huge Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile. A life-threatening scene that, according to the scientists, shows that there is a poignant lack of knowledge about nuclear protection.
That was also apparent at the underground nuclear facility around the mountainous Punggye-ri. After a tunnel collapsed under the main mountain, probably because of the miserable state, hundreds of people died.
Also, inhabitants of the region were reportedly seriously ill, and many died after a short but painful sickbed. That would be the result of dangerous substances that are already released from the mountain, where according to the regime a hydrogen bomb was tested at the beginning of September.
'Kim's nonchalance is clearly visible and points to a potentially devastating risk: that of an atomic accident in North Korea,' Korda fears. In that case, the neighboring countries of China, South Korea and even Russia could be seriously affected.