Despite President Trump’s boasts, North Korea abandoned its nuclear tests after a cave-in at its nuclear test site left the Punggye-ri facility unusable, according to a new report published by The Wall Street Journal.
Chinese scientists studying the cave-in at the recently shuttered site estimate that another test at the mountain facility would lead to “environmental catastrophe,” The WSJ reports.
“The occurrence of the collapse should deem the underground infrastructure beneath mountain Mantap not be used for any future nuclear tests,” reads an abstract for the study published by the University of Science and Technology of China, according to the Journal.
The Hill added:
North Korea experts at Johns Hopkins University, however, told the Journal that parts of the facility could still be fully functional and that testing could resume.
President Trump has touted the cessation of North Korea’s nuclear tests as a victory ahead of his planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this year.
“North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site. This is very good news for North Korea and the World – big progress! Look forward to our Summit,” Trump tweeted earlier in April.