AT LEAST 200 people have reportedly been killed at Kim Jong-un's nuclear test site in North Korea after a tunnel collapsed.

A North Korean official told a Japanese news agency the collapse occurred during the construction of a tunnel at the Pukyung nuclear test site in the northeast of North Korea on October 10.

 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a cosmetics factory in Pyongyang, North Korea. At second from right is Kim's wife Ri Sol Ju.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a cosmetics factory in Pyongyang, North Korea. At second from right is Kim's wife Ri Sol Ju.

According to the report, 100 people were trapped in tunnels, and a further collapse occurred during the rescue operation, killing at least 100 more.

The accident, TV Asahi reported, was due to the weakening of the surrounding grounds due to the sixth nuclear test conducted on March 3.

 

 

TRUMP WON'T VISIT DMZ DURING ASIA TRIP

It comes as the White House says US President Donald Trump will not visit the Demilitarised Zone during his upcoming trip to Asia - a break from many previous administrations.

A senior administration official told reporters during a White House background briefing that there's not enough time in the president's schedule to accommodate a visit to the border zone that has separated the North and South for 64 years.

 

epa06218776 (FILE / COMPOSITE) - A combo file picture shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) in Pyongyang, North Korea, 10 January 2016, and US President Donald J. Trump (R) at the UN headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 19 September 2017 (images reissued 22 September 2017). The North Korean leader released a statement on 22 September 2017, vowing to make US President Trump 'pay dearly' for threatening North Korea in remarks he made during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly held in New York, New York, USA. President Trump, during the assembly on 19 September 2017, vowed to 'totally destroy' North Korea if it posed threats to the USA and its allies. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho warned that Pyongyang may be preparing for a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean in response to the US President's intimidations, hours after Trump imposed fresh sanctions against the North for its nuclear weapons programs, media reported.  EPA/KCNA / JUSTIN LANE   EDITORIAL USE ONLY
US President Donald Trump will not visit the Demilitarised Zone during his upcoming trip to Asia - a break from many previous administrations. KCNA / JUSTIN LANE

Mr Trump will be visiting Camp Humphreys, a military base about 64 kilometres south of Seoul, to highlight the US-South Korean partnership and burden-sharing, instead.

Mr Trump was invited to visit the base by Korean President Moon Jae-in.

In a recent speech at the United Nations, Mr Trump said he would "totally destroy" North Korea, if necessary.

He also derided Kim as "little Rocket Man."

Every president but one since Ronald Reagan has visited the DMZ - often wearing bomber-style jackets and flanked by military officers.

Trump will depart Friday for a trip that will take him to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

The president will be attending several summits, hold a series of bilateral meetings, will be feted at banquets and spend time golfing with Japanese President Shinzo Abe.

Mr Trump will also be meeting for the first time with Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been accused of human rights abuses, including killing suspected drug dealers.

The White House has said that Mr Trump could raise concerns with the program.