North Korea ignored international condemnation to continue in its attempts to create an arsenal of deadly nuclear weapons.
However, Kim Jong-un‘s program is having unforeseen consequences on the people of North Korea after radiation clouds from nuclear tests spread across the country.
Scores of defectors have revealed stories of ‘deformed babies, dead vegetation and contaminated water supplies’ after North Korea’s crippling nuclear test site is turning the area into a “wasteland”.
The radiation cloud causing devastation in the hermit nation is also said to be drifting across the Sea of Japan and to the Japanese islands.
Twenty-one North Korean defectors who lived in Kilju, a town close to the Punngye-ri nuclear test site, told the Research Association of Vision of North Korea of the problems caused by six nuclear tests.
One said: “I heard from a relative in Kilju that deformed babies were born in hospitals there.”
Another added: “I spoke on the phone with family members I left behind there and they told me that all the underground wells dried up after the sixth nuclear test.”
A third made an even more shocking claim that corpses had been spotted floating down a rival.
The defector said: “I personally saw corpses floating down the river with their limbs severed.”
They added local residents were also ordered to dig “deep holes for those nuclear tests”.
Other defector said Pyongyang has attempted to coverup the extent of the damage from the nuclear tests.
One said: “Kilju locals who made appointments in a large hospital in Pyongyang were not allowed to enter the capital after the sixth nuclear test.”
“People who boarded trains to the border with samples of soil, water and leaves from Kilju County were arrested and sent to prison camps,” another said.
Founder and chairman of AccuWeather Dr Joel Myers has said the radiation leaking from the test site in North Korea is now drifting across the Sea of Japan.
North Korean officials have attempted to contain the radiation but winds picking up out of the northwest are leading them to struggle, according to Dr Myers.