Give up your nukes, get more assurances, US' Pompeo tells North Korea

Hugh Fox
May 12, 2018

"Now that North Korea has accepted in principle that agreements should be verified, USA negotiators should hold them to this standard for any subsequent agreement", said Adam Mount, a senior defense analyst at the Federation of American Scientists.

The tunnels of the test site would be blown up and their entrances completely blocked, the ministry statement said.

"We're not talking about sanctions relief at this point", she said.

Relatives say past South Korean governments ignored the issue while chasing inter-Korean summits or were reluctant to revisit a time when the country failed repeatedly to protect its own citizens.

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The announcement comes as the country prepares to hold talks with the United States and South Korea as part of an ongoing efforts to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons. According to him, his conversation with North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN was a "good and meaningful".

A satellite image released and notated by Airbus Defence & Space and 38 North in April past year shows the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea.

The US and North Korea, Kang said, are "very clear" that the sanctions remain in place until and unless they see visible, meaningful action taken by North Korea to denuclearise.

President Trump tweeted Thursday that his "highly-anticipated" meeting with Kim will take place in Singapore on June 12.

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The move would be a dramatic but symbolic event to set up leader Kim Jong-un's summit with US President Donald Trump next month.

Much of this range would be far higher than officials from the United States and South Korea estimate.

But in September 2008, the North declared that it would resume reprocessing plutonium, complaining that Washington wasn't fulfilling its promise to remove the country from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism. But North Korea has said it's willing to talk now because it's already succeeded in becoming a nuclear-armed state, fueling skepticism that the North would truly being willing to give those weapons up.

A United Nations human rights expert has welcomed the release of three USA nationals by North Korea, saying the move was "another important building block for the prospects of peace" for the two Koreas and beyond.

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The new scenario differs from two reports last week, one of which has been accepted for publication in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, that pinpointed the blast almost a kilometer to the northwest of the site identified in the new paper, and concluded that the blast rendered the entire mountain unfit for future nuclear tests. Estimates suggest the value of North Korea's basic minerals - coal, copper, etc. - ranges from $6 to $10 trillion total, not counting the rare earth metals. "I said, 'Welcome home.' He said, 'God bless America, '" said State Department official Brian Hook, who was with Pompeo in North Korea.

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