As President Xi Jinping continues to voice concerns over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missiles programme – and apparent provocation by the US and South Korea – the Jilin Daily has seen fit to publish a full-page article featuring “common sense” advice on how readers can protect themselves from a nuclear attack or explosion.
Jilin – which also borders Russia – is in the northeast of the country and residents are being advised of how nuclear weapons differ from traditional arms, with the editorial also including cartoons demonstrating the ways to decontaminate yourself in a radiation emergency.
Other pictures used include a vomiting child to show how medical help can be sought to speed up the expulsion of radiation through stomach pumping and forced urination.
The article – reminiscent of US public service announcements made at the height of the Cold War – comes in the week that the US and South Korea take part in their largest ever join military drill, which has been declared by Kim Jong Un’s rogue state as an “open, all-out provocation” that could push the Korean Peninsula to the “brink of war”.
A spokesman for North Korea said on Thursday: “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.”
Washington has warned that North Korea would be “utterly destroyed” if conflict did break out – and last month, US President Donald Trump declared North Korea a designated state sponsor of terrorism, which enabled even greater sanctions upon Mr Kim’s regime.
It did nothing to stop Pyongyang carrying out its biggest intercontinental ballistic missile test to date earlier this week, alongside claims that the weapon was capable of hitting the US mainland.
Despite the escalating tensions, another state-backed Chinese newspaper has moved to calm any fears of a full-scale nuclear conflict breakout out.
In an editorial response to the survival guide in the Jilin Daily, The Global Times said: “If war breaks out, it is not possible to rule out the Korean peninsula producing nuclear contaminants, and countermeasures must be seriously researched and spoken openly about to let the common folk know.
“But at the same time, there is absolutely no reason to be alarmed.”