North Korea is preparing to allow international inspectors into its Punggye-ri test site, the Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, citing a South Korean politician. Pyongyang has stopped its nuclear and missile tests over the past year during a rapprochement with the United States and South Korea, and it blew up facilities at Punggye-ri in May in the presence of foreign journalists. However, its refusal to allow international experts to observe the destruction of the site, which has been the staging ground for all six of its nuclear tests, including its most powerful one – reportedly of an H-bomb – last September, drew criticism that its actions were for show and could be reversed. At a summit between the North and South’s leaders last month, Pyongyang finally agreed to allow foreign inspectors to observe a “permanent dismantlement” of key missile facilities, and to move towards closing its main Yongbyon nuclear complex in return for reciprocal US … [Read more...] about North Korea ‘preparing to allow international inspectors to visit Punggye-ri nuclear test site’
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North Korea has already begun its denuclearization, US President Donald Trump said Thursday, after many observers greeted with skepticism the results of his historic meeting with the North's leader Kim Jong Un. "They've already blown up one of their big test sites. In fact, it was actually four of their big test sites. And the big thing is, it will be a total denuclearization, which is already starting," Trump said at a cabinet meeting. In late May, before the June 12 Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, Pyongyang said it had fully demolished its only known nuclear test site. Foreign journalists invited to the Pungyye-ri test facility in North Hamgyong province described a series of explosions throughout the day, three of them in entry tunnels, followed by blasts that demolished a nearby barracks and other structures. Punggye-ri has been the staging ground for all six of the North's nuclear tests, including the latest and by far most powerful one in September last year which Pyongyang said … [Read more...] about N. Korea ‘already starting’ denuclearization: Trump
KIM Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, had previously threatened to launch nuclear strikes on the West and its allies but has now committed to a denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula after the Singapore summit The North Korean dictator had accelerated the country's nuclear weapons programme under his rule but he has now met with US President Donald Trump and agreed to the removal of nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula. What is the latest on the nuclear situation in North Korea? On April 21, 2018, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the reclusive nation is suspending long-range nuclear missile tests and shutting its test site. At the Singapore summit on June 11 between Trump and Kim the two leaders agreed to start the denuclearisation "very quickly". Trump said the meeting had gone "better than anyone could have expected". He told reporters: "It is a tremendous honour, and I have no doubt we will have a terrific relationship." Kim said: "The old prejudices and … [Read more...] about What nuclear weapons does North Korea have and has Kim Jong-un agreed to ‘complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula’?
North Korea has been pursuing a missile programme since the 1970s, eventually concluding that a nuclear deterrent was needed to ensure the survival of its dynastic regime. In recent months, however, it has adopted a more diplomatic approach. After years of fraught relations with the United States and regional neighbours over its nuclear missile programme, North Korea ratcheted up tensions late last year with a series of missile launches over Japan and the announcement in November that its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability now had the entire United States within range. Within months, however, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appeared to change tack, offering direct talks with both South Korea and the United States, and meeting for the first time with Chinese President Xi Jinping, to whom he pledged a commitment to denuclearisation. The new diplomatic push will culminate with a bilateral June 12 meeting with US President Donald Trump in Singapore. Below are some of … [Read more...] about Timeline: North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and the shift to diplomacy
The issue at the top of US President Donald Trump's agenda for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is also the most complicated -- denuclearisation. Pyongyang's decades-long pursuit of atomic weapons and the means to deliver them to the US have seen it subjected to multiple rounds of sanctions by the UN Security Council, US, EU and others, and tensions soared last year as the two men traded personal insults and threats of war. Now after a rapid diplomatic rapprochement they will hold an unprecedented meeting in Singapore. But despite the positive imagery of recent months -- and the global headlines the summit will generate -- the gap they will need to breach is a chasm. "It does strike me as very difficult for Kim to give up the only thing that makes him important and that is nuclear weapons," former US deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told reporters in Tokyo. "The distance from where we are now to where we need to be is measured in years." Washington is … [Read more...] about Denuclearisation: the great divide for Kim-Trump summit