Ed Driscoll

TRAIN CRASH IN NORTH KOREA--UP

TRAIN CRASH IN NORTH KOREA–UP TO 3000 KILLED, AP reports:

Two fuel trains collided and exploded in a North Korean train station near the Chinese border Thursday, according to South Korean media, which reported large numbers of casualties. One television station said 3,000 people were believed killed or injured.

* * *In another sign of the accident’s magnitude, the secretive North Korean government cut international phone lines to prevent news of the collision from leaking across its borders, [South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported], citing no sources.

(Emphasis mine.) Cut phone lines? And what sort of fuel explosion kills 3000 people? Given North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, this sounds mighty suspicious.