The US will assist North Korea with its economy if Pyongyang gets rid of its nuclear weapons, its secretary of state has said. "If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearise, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on par with our South Korean friends," said Mike Pompeo.Mr Pompeo said there would need to be "complete" and "robust verification" of denuclearisation, suggesting it would involve inspections to ensure the North's compliance."I think there is complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are," Mr Pompeo said, though he declined to offer more detail.He said his talks with Kim Jong Un had been "constructive", "warm" and "good"."We talked about the fact that America has often in history had adversaries who we are now close partners with and our hope that we could achieve the same with respect to North Korea," he said.He made the announcement at a joint news conference with South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha."We … [Read more...] about US to help N Korea’s economy if it abandons nuclear weapons
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IRAN has warned it could reactivate its nuclear programme within days following Donald Trump's decision to scrap the country's nuclear deal. Although it possesses the capability to produce weapons-grade enriched uranium, it's not actually known for certain how soon Iran could develop a working nuke. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned today: "If necessary, we can begin our industrial enrichment without any limitations." The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed that sanctions crippling the Iranian economy would be lifted in return for regular nuclear checks. This included a huge reduction of Iran's enrichment centrifuges, the concreting-over of a nuclear reactor core, and allowing International Atomic Energy Agency inspections at its various sites. Prior to the 2015 agreement, it was believed it would take the Islamic Republic months to develop enough enriched uranium to produce a bomb. It would also need to develop the warhead technology capable of carrying it. … [Read more...] about This is what Iran needs to do to produce a nuke now that it has vowed to restart its nuclear weapons programme
The White House has said revelations by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Iran's nuclear programme provided "new and compelling details" about Tehran's efforts to develop "missile-deliverable nuclear weapons". Mr Netanyahu claimed Iran was "brazenly lying" when it said it never had a nuclear weapons programme.A White House statement said: "These facts are consistent with what the United States has long known: Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons programme that it has tried and failed to hide from the world and from its own people."In a news conference on Monday Mr Netanyahu said Iran has continued to preserve and expand its nuclear weapons knowledge for future use after signing the 2015 nuclear deal, officially named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.The deal granted Tehran relief from international economic sanctions in return for curbs to its nuclear programme.But Mr Netanyahu said Iran did not honour the agreement and instead just intensified its … [Read more...] about White House: Israel’s claims about Iran’s nuclear weapons programme are ‘compelling’
Israel has accused Iran of lying to the world about its nuclear weapons programme both before and since the 2015 nuclear deal after Israeli intelligence stole 100,000 files from a secret “atomic archive” in Tehran. Benjamin Netanyahu, an arch-opponent of the nuclear deal, made the dramatic public accusation in Tel Aviv less than two weeks before Donald Trump is due to announce whether he is pulling the US out of the agreement. The Israeli prime minister said that Israeli spies had obtained “half a tonne” of secret documents which show that Iran’s leaders never gave a full account of their past nuclear activities as required by the Iran deal and were maintaining the knowhow to build a bomb in the future. “The nuclear deal is based on lies. It is based on Iranian lies and Iranian deception,” Mr Netanyahu said. “This is a terrible deal which should never have been concluded and in a few days’ time President … [Read more...] about Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu says he has ‘conclusive proof’ Iran lied about its nuclear weapons programme
KIM Jong-un, the tyrannical leader of North Korea, has repeatedly threatened to launch nuclear strikes on the West and its allies. The hermit nation has dramatically accelerated its nuclear weapons programme under his rule but he has now made history by meeting rival South Korean President Moon Jae-in . Here's the latest... 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. Referring to an upcoming, historic meeting with Jong-un, US president Donald Trump said the move marked "big progress". He tweeted: "This is very good news for North Korea and the World - look forward to our summit." Kim even quipped about his missile tests while meeting President Moon Jae-in on April 27 - saying he wouldn't disturb the South's "early morning sleep any more". What nuclear weapons does North Korea have? In July 2017, North Korea … [Read more...] about What nuclear weapons does North Korea have, did Kim Jong-un agree to complete denuclearisation and has the nuclear test site collapsed?