As part of a massive hydroelectric project, North Korea plans to carry out another 2 explosions to clear terrain. This comes fresh on the heels of the
then mysterious mushroom cloud in the region, that had been speculated to be nuclear explosion. According to the German ambassador that toured the
site, an engineer told them that the explosions had been going on for several weeks. In an effort to end speculation, the reclusive North Korean
governement allowed diplomats from Poland, Germany, Brittan, and other countries to visit the site. The German diplomat indicated that a large
construction site was on the spot of the blast.
North Korea is planning to carry out two more explosions as part of a hydroelectric power plant project after a major blast last week sparked
speculation a nuclear test had taken place, Kyodo news agency has reported.
A North Korean engineer told a group of diplomats who visited the site that they had been carrying out deliberate detonations for several weeks, the
German ambassador to Pyongyang said in a telephone interview.
Diplomats from Germany, Britain, the Czech Republic, Mongolia, Poland, and Sweden made the one-day trip to Yanggang province on Thursday to verify
North Korea's statement that the explosions were deliberate.
The mystery began when a 4-kilometer (2 miles) wide mushroom cloud was spotted near the Chinese border on satellite images by South Korea's Yonhap
Two blasts took place on September 8 and 9, according to the engineer, but the pictures were not seen until three days later.
The explosions moved 150,000 cubic meters of earth and rock, according to Doris Hertrampf, the German ambassador.
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Despite the German diplomats statements, the Polish ambassador, Wojciech Kaluza, indicated that thier group had made no conclution as to what they
had seen on the tour. Despite an agreement by US government officials that the North Koreans explanation fits the known facts, other remain skeptical.
Much attention has been focused on the Yongjo-ri Missile Base. This base located near the site of the blast, is known to house up to 36 NoDong
missiles. It is also rumored to be a uranium processing facility as well. South Korea is still trying to verfiy the Norths claims regarding the blast.
This is further being fueled by defectors that report there are no large bodies of water in the area to support such a massive project.
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[edit on 17-9-2004 by FredT]