John Bacon USA TODAY Published 8:13 p.m. UTC Jun 7, 2018 New commercial satellite imagery indicates North Korea is destroying a key ballistic missile test site ahead of next week's summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump, a new analysis says. Kim announced a moratorium on nuclear and missile testing in April. Pyongyang announced two weeks ago that it had set off explosions and collapsed underground tunnels at it nuclear weapons testing site. Joseph Bermudez, an expert on Pyongyang's military technology, published a report this week on the website 38 North saying the Iha-ri test site "represented a critical component" in development of medium range missiles and could have been used for testing larger, intercontinental missiles. "It is unclear whether the destruction of the stand is an indication that the North is suspending this portion of its missile program or that Pyongyang plans to erect other similar facilities in the … [Read more...] about North Korea destroys missile test site ahead of Trump-Kim summit
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Jane Onyanga-Omara USA TODAY Published 11:24 p.m. UTC May 24, 2018 North Korea demolished its nuclear test site in a step toward denuclearization, as a planned summit next month between President Trump and the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un, remains in doubt. South Korean journalists said the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the northeast of the country was destroyed by a number of explosions over several hours Thursday, the South's Yonhap news agency reported. The demolition was announced by Kim ahead of an historic meeting with Trump that was planned for next month. Meanwhile, a top North Korean official launched a blistering verbal assault on Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday, calling his recent remarks comparing the reclusive nation with Libya “ignorant” and “stupid” North Korean Vice Foreign Affairs Minister Choe Son Hui was quoted making the remarks by the North’s official Korean Central News … [Read more...] about North Korea demolishes its nuclear test site, as Trump-Kim summit remains in doubt
Thomas Maresca Special to USA TODAY Published 9:12 p.m. UTC May 23, 2018 SEOUL – North Korea is expected to dismantle its Punggye-ri nuclear test site over the next few days in a move toward denuclearization ahead of an unprecedented summit between President Trump and the North's leader, Kim Jong Un. However Trump cast the summit into doubt Tuesday, saying it could be delayed or even canceled. A small group of international journalists arrived in North Korea on Tuesday to cover the shutdown of the North's key nuclear test site. Reporters and television crews from the United States, United Kingdom, Russia and China flew in from Beijing. The dismantling ceremony is scheduled to take place between May 23 and 25, depending on weather. Absent from the media visitors were eight South Korean journalists, who were excluded after having initially been invited by the North. The relationship between North Korea and South Korea … [Read more...] about North Korea prepares to dismantle nuclear test site
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Could North Korea's nuclear weapon arsenal end up in Tennessee? National Security Adviser John Bolton suggested that North Korea's nuclear weapons be dismantled and shipped to Oak Ridge, Tenn. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 17 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Michael Collins, USA TODAY Published 4:40 a.m. ChT May 15, 2018 | Updated 5:02 a.m. ChT May 15, 2018 CLOSE North Korea announced plans to invite international journalists to view a ceremony dismantling of its nuclear weapons testing site. Buzz60 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 17 COMMENT EMAIL MORE WASHINGTON – A top Trump administration says North Korea’s … [Read more...] about Could North Korea’s nuclear weapon arsenal end up in Tennessee?
North Korea has announced on state media it will dismantle its nuclear test site just weeks ahead of a summit with President Donald Trump. The rogue nation will start to take the facility apart on May 23, with international media watching. The country's central news agency said the dismantlement of the nuclear test ground would involve collapsing all of its tunnels with explosions, blocking its entrances and removing all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts. Journalists from other countries, including the United States and South Korea, will be invited to cover the event. The dismantling will be just less than three weeks before a much-awaited summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. But experts say the process could take years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars, according to USA Today. Olli Heinonen, an arms control expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a national security think-tank, said: … [Read more...] about North Korea announce when they will dismantle their nuclear test site