Defectors who lived near North Korea weapons test site complained of ‘ghost disease’


Residents living near a North Korean nuclear weapons testing ground suffer from mysterious diseases, according to a report.

Defectors in South Korea who once lived near the Punggye-ri test site come up negative for diseases in tests, but complain of non-stop pain.

“So many people died we began calling it ‘ghost disease,’” Lee Jeong Hwa, who lived in the surrounding Kilju County, told NBC News. “We thought we were dying because we were poor and we ate badly. Now we know it was the radiation.”

She escaped North Korea in 2010 — after a botched effort seven years earlier — having spent several years living near the testing site.

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