CHINA has published a nuclear attack survival guide amid escalating fears a nuclear war is on the horizon.
In its “common sense” guide to surviving a nuclear attack or explosion, the Jilin Daily newspaper urges anyone caught in the open to “hide in ditches” or “jump into rivers”.
The state-run paper, which serves the 23.5 million population province of Jilin, the southern edge of which borders North Korea, also explains to readers how nuclear weapons differ from traditional arms, reports The Sun.
But it does not name possible attacks by North Korea or any other country.
The article explained that nuclear weapons have five means of causing destruction: light radiation, blast waves, early-stage nuclear radiation, nuclear electromagnetic pulses and radioactive pollution.
The first four kill instantly, it said.
The guide also warned people who find themselves outside during a nuclear attack should try to lie in a ditch, cover exposed skin in light coloured clothing or dive into a river or lake to try and minimise the “possibility of instantaneous death”.
Cartoon illustrations of ways to dispel radioactive contamination were also provided, such as using water to wash off shoes and using cotton buds to clean ears.
While a picture of a vomiting child shows how medical help can be sought to speed the expulsion of radiation through stomach pumping and induced urination.
The newspaper also provided historical context, saying that when the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945, light radiation and the blast wave caused fires and storm winds that destroyed 81 per cent of buildings in the city, killing over 70,000 people.
It comes after North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un tested the Hwasong-15 missile, raising the prospect of war with America on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea has said that nuclear war on the Korean Penninsula has become a matter of “when”, not if.
US bombers will fly over the Korean peninsula next Wednesday as part of a large-scale joint military drills with South Korea.
In comments attributed to an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman, North Korea also claimed high-ranked US officials, including CIA director Mike Pompeo, have further confirmed American intent for war with a series of “bellicose remarks.”
The North’s spokesman said Pompeo provoked the country by “impudently criticising our supreme leadership which is the heart of our people.
“The remaining question now is: when will the war break out? We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the US miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the US dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened,” the spokesman said.
However, this morning, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said North Korea wants direct talks with the United States to seek guarantees on its security.
Mr Lavrov said he had passed on Pyongyang’s desire for direct talks to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when the two men met on the sidelines of a conference in Vienna on Thursday.
“We know that North Korea wants above all to talk to the United States about guarantees for its security. We are ready to support that, we are ready to take part in facilitating such negotiations,” Interfax news agency quoted Mr Lavrov as saying. “Our American colleagues, (including) Rex Tillerson, have heard this.”
US President Donald Trump has warned he would destroy the North Korean regime if it threatened the United States with nuclear weapons.
China has rejected military intervention and called for an end to the war of words between Washington and Pyongyang.
Beijing fears an outbreak of conflict or a chaotic collapse of the North Korean regime, which might see fighting or waves of refugees cross the 1400 kilometre border into China.