North Korea nuclear crisis

North Korea nuclear crisis

Trump, Kim agree to remove nukes after spending ‘intensive time’ together
The US and North Korea have agreed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula at a historic summit between the two countries. The agreement, which was short on specifics, was signed between the leaders of both countries in Singapore, in the first ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting US president. “President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK,” the document said, “and Chairman Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” The document did not mention any concrete steps on how North Korea would get rid of its nuclear weapons. And in a victory for Pyongyang, the term CVI
North Korea is about to blow up its nuclear site
A dozen international journalists have flown into North Korea to watch what the country says will be the shutdown of its only known nuclear test site. US President Donald Trump had cheered North Korea’s offer last month to dismantle the Punggye-ri site as a “very good news” ahead of a planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Should we get ready to fire the confetti cannons? Not so fast. Rain check Pyongyang has never said it will abandon the nuclear weapons it had already built – Kim said the country would close the site because it “has done its job” – and now the summit may not happen as scheduled, if at all. After North Korea said it’d never agree to surrender its weapons and
Is North Korea back to its old ways?
Getting all hyped up about the upcoming meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump? Well, it may not happen. In a surprise statement on Wednesday, Pyongyang said it would reconsider holding the summit if Washington insists on North Korea abandoning its nuclear arsenal. The statement came hours after North Korea said it had cancelled high-level talks with the South originally scheduled for Wednesday. Pyongyang has “made clear on several occasions that precondition for denuclearization is to put an end to anti-DPRK hostile policy and nuclear threats and blackmail of the US,” the country’s first vice-foreign minister Kim Kye-gwan said, according to the official KCNA news agency. “If the US is
Pompeo floats private $$$ in North Korea
Talk about a peace dividend. The US says it is ready to lift sanctions on North Korea if Pyongyang agrees to give up its nuclear weapons - at least those that can reach American soil.   Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said over the weekend that private American companies would be allowed to invest in the reclusive country if Kim Jong-un stops his nuclear program. Although Pompeo reiterated the demand of “complete, verifiable, irreversible” denuclearization, he also suggested the bottom line was to get rid of missiles that can hit the US. “America’s interest here is preventing the risk that North Korea will launch a nuclear weapon into LA or Denver or into the very place we’re sitting here thi
Why the world should trust Kim Jong-un
After the inter-Korean summit, there comes the agonizing Shakespearean question: To trust or not to trust Kim Jong-un, that is the question. Given past failures and dashed hopes, it’s rational to maintain healthy skepticism whether Kim, this time, will ever truly denuclearize – even after the heartening optics of the inter-Korea summit. Indeed, suspicion still runs deep among academics and observers in Washington, Seoul and even Beijing.   But the developments in the past few months on the Korean Peninsula have been unprecedented. The inter-Korean summit was more than political theater. It produced substance and also laid the groundwork for a Trump-Kim summit. North Korea has never gone this
North Korea’s nuclear test site is wrecked, say scientists
Chinese scientists say that North Korea’s main nuclear test site has been damaged beyond repair. Two separate groups of researchers have found that a mountain used in the last five of Pyongyang’s six nuclear tests collapsed after the latest and most powerful detonation in September. Their findings bolster claims that North Korea’s freeze on its nuclear tests, announced over the weekend, was practical as much as political. US President Donald Trump had celebrated the move as “big progress” ahead of his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un late next month or in early June. North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site. This is very good news