Satellite Photos Should Reveal Causes of Ryanggang Explosion

      September 14, 2004 16:06

      The National Security Council said on Tuesday about signs of the explosion that took place in Kim Hong-jik County, Ryanggang County, North Korea, "On Sept. 8, we detected seismic waves coming from a place far away from Ryanggang Province, and on Sept. 9, we detected more signs of an explosion from all over Kim Hyong-jik County."

      NSC vice-chief Lee Jong-seok and other NSC official held a closed door meeting with Uri Party leaders Monday, where they said, "Seismic waves were detected in a place about 100km from the place where a peculiar shaped smoke cloud was detected on Sept. 8," said a ruling-party official who attended the meeting.

      The NSC said, however, that relevant experts judged that the seismic waves had nothing to do with the signs of an explosion all over Ryanggang Province.

      The NSC also said, "As the signs of an explosion on Sept. 9 were suspicious, we continued to collect intelligence, but as the weather above the Korean Peninsula has been cloudy since Sept. 10, our Arirang 1 satellite has been unable to take photographs... If the Arirang 1 is about to take photographs today, we hope to be able to uncover the exact cause of the explosion."

      In particular, the NSC official said that as of now, the U.S. has not raised any more suspicions concerning North Korean Foreign Minister Paek Nam-sun's explanation that the signs of a large explosion in Ryanggang Province were connected to a mountain demolition work for the construction of a hydroelectric plant.

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