China ends radiation monitoring in border regions with North Korea

By Liu Caiyu Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/11 23:13:40

China has ended monitoring the environment in its northeast border regions on Sunday in response to a nuclear test conducted by North Korea on September 3.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection's (MEP) National Nuclear Safety Administration said "We have stopped our emergency response because North Korea's sixth nuclear test did no damage to China's environment."

The emergency response ended at 6pm on Sunday, according to a statement sent to the Global Times.

The MEP led other government agencies in evaluating the radiation levels in China's northeastern border areas for eight days.

The radiation levels were normal, the statement said. 

The MEP conducted its emergency response on September 3 shortly after North Korea announced it had successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb that can be placed in an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The National Nuclear Safety Administration said in the statement it will continue to monitor the area's radiation level on a routine basis.

"The MEP statement provided comfort to residents in China's Northeast, who have been concerned about their safety," said Jin Qiangyi, director of Yanbian University's Asia Research Center in Yanji, Northeast China's Jilin Province.

However, a resident from Yanbian surnamed Zhao told the Global Times on Monday  that "I'm still worried about the nuclear tests. It might contaminate our water and air, and even revive the Changbai Mountain, an active volcano along the North Korean border."

Jin said the MEP statement was about a brief observation period, but the environment should be monitored much longer.

"It's quite scary, to be honest. If there were leaks, it would affect our drinking water," Jin said.


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