There is a rumor that a tunnel at the Punggye-ri nuclear site in North Korea collapsed on Oct. 10, causing 200 deaths. The incident, with a potential risk of radioactive leaks, could be a consequence of the nuclear test held on Sept. 3 that caused a magnitude 6.3 earthquake.
We use the conditional because the information comes from the South Korean news agency Yonhap, and South Korea is engaged in the clash between Pyongyang and the White House, despite being led by the pacifist Moon Jae-in. The incident was also announced by the Japanese TV station Asahi, while Premier Shinzo Abe, strong after his electoral victory, kicks off the country’s resurgence by abolishing the post-war Constitution.
And yet, even though it may be propaganda, the suspicion alone that the accident may have happened is cause for legitimate alarm. Not only for diplomats ahead of Trump’s visit Asia in a few days, but above all for the powerless citizens of earth, whose security is not being cared for by anyone, neither in the East nor in the West.