Buildings dismantled at North Korean nuclear test site

16 May, 2018, 00:54 | Author: Kelly Blake
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Among the evidence cited by 38 North is that several key operational support buildings have been razed since its last analysis in April, along with the removal of several small sheds and outbuildings.

THE worldwide community is unanimous in welcoming and appreciating the announcement made by North Korea that it will begin dismantling its nuclear test site in less than two weeks in a ceremony to be attended by foreign journalists.

Critics say that the nuclear site has already been rendered useless following the previous six blast tests and that dismantling it can be seen just as a symbolic step.

Experts remain skeptical whether North Korea is serious about giving up its nuclear weapons, noting that Kim announced on January 1 that the country has completed its nuclear force, calling it a "powerful deterrence" against threats from the United States.

The move comes ahead of leader Kim Jong Un's summit with Mr Trump next month.

North Korea's plan to close the site has been welcomed by Washington, Seoul and the United Nations secretary general.

As reported by the Yonhap news agency on Monday, Thae Yong-ho a former London-based North Korean diplomat expressed doubts over the possibility of a complete denuclearization of North Korea.

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Given the stage it had already reached, Pyongyang "may feel like they don't need to test anything for a while", he said.

South Korea believes Kim has genuine interest in giving up his nuclear weapons in return for economic benefits.

Kang said for the North it means the pullout of U.S. nuclear weapons from the peninsula, the suspension of the joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises, and assurances from the U.S. that it will not use nuclear weapons against the North. He has turned on the charisma in meetings with both USA and South Korean officials. The meeting will be the first time a sitting US president meets with the leader of North Korea.

White House national security adviser John Bolton said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that North Korea's future could be "unbelievably strong" if it follows through on its commitment to denuclearise.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday that he thinks Congress would be willing to economically support North Korea once they get rid of their nuclear weapons, and stop trying to develop them. The U.S. intelligence community has, with consensus, determined as of mid-2017 that North Korea is capable of mounting compact nuclear weapons atop its larger ballistic missiles, including its intercontinental-range ballistic missiles that threaten the continental United States. In June 2008, global broadcasters were allowed to show the demolishing of a cooling tower at the Nyongbyon reactor site, a year after the North reached an agreement with the US and four other nations to disable its nuclear facilities in return for an aid package worth about $400 million.

The historic summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un is scheduled in Singapore for June 12.

"Kim Jong-un is trying to spread this model to the whole of North Korea", he added.

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