Some of the North Korean defectors in South Korea are denouncing the serious deficiencies and minimum safety standards that exist in the area where nuclear tests are carried out in the North. The radiation could be generating serious diseases .
For a long time it has been questioned in the international community that North Korea maintained certain standards to carry out this type of tests, however, until now there were no first-hand voices that could offer a true story.
According to NBC News , several of the last defectors who have crossed the border to the South are giving away some of these concerns. Apparently, the radiation emanating from the test site, Punggye-ri, could be the cause of the so-called “ghost disease”, which is causing havoc in the area, with diseases such as leukemia and deformities of many children in births .
The media explained that some 30 people living in the region are being examined by the South Korean government for signs of radiation poisoning, although the authorities have not publicly disclosed any information about the results so far. According to Lee Jeong Hwa, a deserter who fled North Korea in 2013:
We thought we were dying because we were poor and we ate poorly. Now we know what the radiation was.
The truth is that North Korea has been testing nuclear weapons for a relatively short time. In 2006, it successfully detonated a bomb that registered a magnitude of 4.2 on the Richter scale, although previously there were already stories that suggested military activities responsible for contaminating some areas.
In any case, and as the researcher Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress has explained to NBC , neighboring governments have active equipment to detect the release of radiation and that nothing particularly abnormal appears. Ferenc says there was an incident in which authorities detected a small amount of xenon gas, a radionuclide, five days after the alleged test of the hydrogen bomb in September, but also believes that it is very unlikely that there was a leak so.
On the other hand, previous AccuWeather analyzes concluded that North Korea’s nuclear tests tend to be performed when wind conditions are light, which could prevent radioactive material from spreading outside its borders.
In addition, some regional newspapers have reported cases where soldiers have been treated for exposure after detonations. According to the Chinese nuclear expert, Wei Shijie, it is probably inevitable that some type of accident will occur, ” I think it is only a matter of time before we detect it, because there are cracks in the mountains where the radioactive substances escape “