North Korea dismantling nuclear test site: Satellite images

North Korea dismantling nuclear test site: Satellite images

North Korea's nuclear weapons should be dismantled and sent to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee if Kim wants to see a relaxation of sanctions, John Bolton said during an interview on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

North Korea's move comes ahead of Kim Jong-un's much-anticipated summit with Donald Trump in Singapore on 12 June.

North Korea carried out six nuclear tests between 2006 and 2017, and they stated that the final test was a hydrogen bomb.

In their joint statement released after the summit, Moon and Kim declared that there would be "no more war" on the Korean Peninsula and committed to a goal of "complete denuclearization". Analysts say that while the closure of the site is important, it doesn't represent a material step toward full denuclearization.

"It will make honest efforts.to establish a durable lasting peace mechanism" with its neighbour to the south, he said, urging the worldwide community to "extend its active support in encouraging and promoting the current positive climate".

It is highly likely that the North would respond positively if the US President and his allies come out with an incentives package to address North Korea concerns.

Pompeo - who recently returned from another set of meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un - said the benefits North Korea can gain by scrapping its nuclear ambitions should be obvious.

A blueprint for North Korea's denuclearization is being drawn up fast.

A lot of issues would have to be resolved before any decision is made about where to ship North Korea's nuclear weapons, said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, a nonpartisan group in Washington that promotes public understanding of arms-control policies.

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"Commercial satellite images reveal that the dismantling of the nuclear test site has already commenced, including various operational support buildings located near the northern, western and southern passages".

David Beasley said he had unprecedented access to the secretive state, telling BBC radio that North Korea's leaders had a "sense of optimism".

"We hope North Korea will seize the moment and take the bold steps necessary to lead North Korea to a peaceful and prosperous future". This could satisfy Trump but undermine the alliance between Washington and Seoul.

North Korea's official name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Kim has denied such views, saying the site has two additional underground tunnels that could be used for new tests.

Journalists from China, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom and South Korea will be invited to witness the dismantling process.

Satellite photos from last month showed signs of construction at the North's Yongbyon nuclear facility.

The administration of George W. Bush removed North Korea from the list in October 2008 after the country agreed to continue disabling its nuclear plant.

The North went on to conduct its second nuclear test in May 2009.

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