Mother Earth Is Responsible for Shutting Down North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site

According to Jonathan Swan, Trump has convinced himself that he is the only person on the planet capable of overcoming “the seemingly intractable disaster on the Korean Peninsula.” So it stands to reason that, when North Korea announced that it was shutting down a nuclear test site and would no longer be testing nuclear weapons, the president would pat himself on the back and take all the credit.

But a funny thing happened on his way to the bank to cash that check.

A large part of North Korea’s underground nuclear test facility, which leader Kim Jong Un pledged to close, is unusable anyway due to the collapse of a cavity inside the mountain after the last blast there, Chinese scientists say.

Seismologists involved in a soon-to-be-published study also warned that another blast in the same spot and with similar yield could cause “environmental catastrophe.”…

Soon after the sixth and largest blast last September, satellite images suggested that one part of the site, a 7,200 foot granite peak called Mount Mantap had diminished in height. Some U.S. and South Korean experts suggested that tunnels inside the mountain—where five of North Korea’s six nuclear tests took place—had collapsed, rendering much of the site useless.

Now, the two Chinese studies give credence to that theory.

In other words, Mother Earth is actually responsible for shutting down the nuclear test site, not Donald Trump—or even Kim Jong-un. The North Korean dictator simply thought he could use a major malfunction to pretend like he was making a change voluntarily, and our president fell for it hook, line and sinker because it fed his narcissistic ego. One might be tempted to laugh at these two idiots if the fate of the globe didn’t hang in the balance.

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60.