North Korea’s capital of Pyongyang is a usually bustling city with a population of over three million people.
But new aerial footage that was captured over the city has shown something strange: The city appears to be deserted.
Singaporean pilot Aram Pan, 41, had been flying over the city for a project called DPRK360, which aims to show the nation “from a different perspective.”
In the footage, the city’s roads, bridges and sidewalks are empty. Rural areas nearby also looked to be devoid of any human activity.
This video emerges in the midst of high tensions between the North Korea regime and the United States on the global stage.
North Korea recently announced it had tested a hydrogen bomb on Sept. 3. The test was met with a rally in the capital and a conspicuous firework display.
The test also triggered a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that could be felt in China.
If the capital had indeed been evacuated, it wouldn’t be the first time. Russian newspaper Pravda Report reported in April that roughly 25 percent of the capital’s population had been ordered to leave the city.
At the time, South Korean media reported that residents of North Korea were saying their good-byes to one another.
This led to concerns that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was about to launch a nuclear attack and was evacuating citizens with the expectation that a counterattack would hit Pyongyang.
Though the U.S. has pushed for the United Nations to implement more sanctions against North Korea, Russia has expressed concern those sanctions could increase the chances of war breaking out.
But President Donald Trump believes the time for diplomacy is over, telling British Prime Minister Theresa May to tell her that “now is not the time to talk” to Kim.
“The two leaders resolved to continue working closely together on increasing diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea, and to call on others to do the same,” the White House said in a statement on the conversation.
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