British scientists have used drones to create the most comprehensive radiation maps ever of the fallout zone from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The Red Forest, just 500 meters from the site of the reactor in Ukraine, is one of the most radioactive places on the planet. The area is considered too dangerous for humans to spend any more than a few hours. The maps show some areas are safe for limited human activity.
A historic summit was held between North and South Korea on Friday when Kim Jong-un became the first Northern leader to enter the South Korean controlled territory where the leaders of the countries agreed to work to remove all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula. Kim’s crossing of the line was broadcast live in South Korea. The meeting between the North and South sets the stage for the summit between Kim and US President Trump.
On Sunday another missile from North Korea was launched and flew 310 miles which then landed in the sea of Japan. It posed no risk to the US. In a statement, the White House said: “We are aware that North Korea launched an MRBM. This system, last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea’s three most recent tests.”
On Sunday, North Korea tested a new type of missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The United Nations Security Council, comprised of 15 people that day, demanded that Pyeongyang refrain from conducting any more tests. Vladimir Putin commented on the issue saying that the launch was very dangerous but the tactic to use against North Korea should not be “intimidation”, most likely directed at Washington, since the range of the missile was in the range of a US military base in Guam.
South Korean President Moon Jae In has suspended the deployment of the American missile defense system saying that until an environmental assessment is carried out, no further moves will continue, this may effectively take anywhere from 1-2 years. There are already 2 THAAD systems in South Korea, erected there before Moon was put into power, 4 were brought in recently without the president’s knowledge, he was notably outraged by this and stated that they will defend the country with half the THAAD system until further notice.
Due to tensions between the US and North Korea, what with latter launching its third missile test in a month, the United States’ Ballistic Missile Defense Program launched an interceptor rocket on a mock missile. The interceptor succeeded in taking the missile down, it enabled the Pentagon to argue that it is making strides in protecting the United States from a North Korean nuclear warhead.
On Sunday, North Korea launched an intermediate level missile into the ocean between North Korea and Japan. The missile flew more than 430 miles before landing in the ocean. The US concludes that the missile flight pattern was “not consistent” with ICBM flight patterns and did not threaten the United States. Moon Jae In, South Korea’s newly elected president called an emergency meeting with his national security council to talk about the launch.