Let’s begin in a place where all news seemingly begins these days: Donald Trump’s decomposing pea brain.
Now, back to reality. Per the South China Morning Post:
North Korea’s mountain nuclear test site has collapsed, putting China and other nearby nations at unprecedented risk of radioactive exposure, two separate groups of Chinese scientists studying the issue have confirmed.
The collapse after five nuclear blasts may be why North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared on Friday that he would freeze the hermit state’s nuclear and missile tests and shut down the site, one researcher said.
One group of researchers found that the most recent blast tore open a hole in the mountain, which then collapsed upon itself. A second group concluded that the breakdown created a “chimney” that could allow radioactive fallout from the blast zone below to rise into the air.
So there you have it, folks. Proof that under the Trump Administration, the United States is being treated like a North Korean-style government. They’re handing us propaganda “victories” that our tinpot dictator can take back to his brainwashed supporters as proof that their strongman is getting things done, while China, South Korea and Japan figure out how to actually solve this decades-old problem. North Korea didn’t “close up a major test site” because of Trump’s negotiating “skills,” but because China and other countries bordering North Korea let them know that spewing literal tons of radiation into their airspace is an unimpeachable red line. If it wasn’t clear already, it is now: when it comes to diplomacy, the United States is now seated at the kids table.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.