A group of defectors told of the horrifying effects of Kim Jong-un’s underground nuclear tests with trees dying and babies born nearby suffering from defects as residents fear radiation leaks are to blame.
One defector said: “I heard from a relative in Kilju that deformed babies were born in hospitals there.”
Those living under Kim’s oppressive regime in Kilju county where nuclear weapons are detonated in a secret underground testing location fear they have been contaminated.Related articles
Wells have run dry and 80 per cent of trees that are planted die in the region, 21 defectors from the county have revealed while speaking to a South Korean newspaper.
Another defector said: “I spoke on the phone with family members I left behind there and they told me that all of the underground wells dried up after the sixth nuclear test.”
The war obsessed regime unleashed its sixth and most devastating test at its site under a mountain in the Kilju region in September triggering an earthquake with a 250 kiloton blast.
GETTYKim Jong-un's nuclear tests have led to birth defects, defectors claim
I heard from a relative in Kilju that deformed babies were born
Residents are not warned before tests like the one which set quake monitors off with a 6.3 magnitude shake.
One defector who lived through the 2006 and 2009 tests said: “Only family members of soldiers were evacuated to underground shafts. Ordinary people were completely unaware of the tests.”
Following a visit to the area after the September blast one source revealed everyone from Kilju is blocked from visiting hospitals in the country’s capital.