What was not discussed in the press coverage was the fact that seismologists were surprised to register a second event exactly 8 1/2; minutes later.
Longtime DTA subscribers will recall our description of this collapse in the weeks following the September test and our speculation of U.S. involvement following Secretary of Defense Mattis’ comments on possible “kinetic” options for North Korea. Whether an accident or kinetic attack, the Chinese confirmation of this collapse has revealed the weakness of the North Korean negotiating position going into the summit with the United States.
However, the U.S. media and the political leadership in South Korea are acting as though North Korea is making major concessions by announcing “the closure” of their nuclear facilities.
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