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North Korea steps up tunneling at nuclear test site – monitor

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea has stepped up tunneling at its main nuclear test site, a US think tank said, even as tensions cool on the peninsula following the resumption of long-stalled inter-Korean dialogue. Satellite images showed increased activity at the Punggye-ri site, with mining carts and personnel frequently ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJan 12th, 2018

Dismantling of North Korea nuclear site well underway – U.S. monitor

SEOUL, South Korea – Satellite photos indicate North Korea has begun dismantling its nuclear test site ahead of a historic summit between leader Kim Jong-Un and President Donald Trump, a US monitor said Tuesday, May 15. In a move welcomed by Washington and Seoul, North Korea said at the weekend it will ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

North Korea’s Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

PYONGYANG, North Korea --- The leaders of North and South Korea announced a wide range of agreements Wednesday which they said were a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the premier pledge on denuclearization contained a big condition, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stating he'd permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex only if the United States takes unspecified corresponding measures. Compared to the vague language of their two summits earlier this year, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed in their second day of meetings to an ambitious program meant to tackle soaring tensions last year that had many fearing war as the North tested a str...Keep on reading: North Korea’s Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

North Korea still building at nuclear site, says monitor

SEOUL, South Korea (UPDATED) – North Korea is carrying out rapid improvements to its nuclear research facility, a monitor said on Wednesday, June 27, despite declaring a commitment to denuclearization of the peninsula at the Singapore summit. The nuclear-armed North's leader Kim Jong-un promised to "work toward" the goal at a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

NKorea still building at nuclear site – monitor

SEOUL: North Korea is carrying out rapid improvements to its nuclear research facility, a monitor said on Wednesday, despite declaring a commitment to denuclearization of the peninsula at the Singapore summit. The nuclear-armed North’s leader Kim Jong Un promised to “work toward” the goal at a landmark summit in the city-state earlier this month with [...] The post NKorea still building at nuclear site – monitor appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

North Korea demolishes nuclear site ahead of Trump summit

Just weeks ahead of a planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish North Korea's nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions Thursday as a group of foreign journalists looked on......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

North Korea dismantles nuclear test site ahead of US summit

SEOUL, South Korea (2nd UPDATE) – North Korea said it had 'completely' dismantled its nuclear test site Thursday, May 24,  in a carefully choreographed move portrayed by the isolated regime as a goodwill gesture ahead of a potential summit with the US.   Pyongyang announced its plan to "completely" dismantle the Punggye-ri ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

North Korea dismantles nuclear test site – reports

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea has dismantled its nuclear test site, media invited to attend the ceremony said Thursday, May 24, in a planned move portrayed by the isolated regime as a goodwill gesture ahead of a potential summit next month with the US. Pyongyang announced its plan to "completely" ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

N. Korea preps nuke site demolition despite US summit doubts

SEOUL -- Invited foreign journalists gathered in North Korea Wednesday to witness the slated destruction of the reclusive regime’s nuclear test site, a high profile gesture on the road to a summit with the US that Donald Trump now says might not happen. In a surprise announcement Pyongyang said earlier….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Foreign media depart on train for North Korean nuclear site

A group of foreign journalists departed by train Wednesday to watch the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear test site after eight reporters from South Korea received last-minute permission to join them......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

North Korea preps nuclear site demolition despite U.S. summit doubts

SEOUL, South Korea – Invited foreign journalists gathered in North Korea Wednesday, May 23, to witness the slated destruction of the reclusive regime's nuclear test site, a high profile gesture on the road to a summit with the US that Donald Trump now says might not happen. In a surprise announcement ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

N.Korea is dismantling its nuclear site, but is it abandoning its arsenal or hiding evidence?

Satellite imagery shows North Korea dismantling facilities at its nuclear test site, but experts say the images can't reveal whether it is the first step toward full denuclearisation, or an attempt to cloak nuclear capabilities from outside observers......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

North Korea Starts Dismantling Punggye-Ri Nuclear Test Site

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has started tearing down buildings at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site prior to its closure, according to the report of a group of experts from the Johns Hopkins University released on 38 North website. “Commercial satellite imagery from May 7 provided the first definitive evidence that dismantlement of the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

North Korea to destroy nuclear site ahead of US summit

SEOUL, South Korea (UPDATED) – North Korea will destroy its nuclear test site later this month, ahead of  a historic summit  with the United States, it said Saturday, May 12, pledging to blow up its tunnels in front of invited foreign media. US President Donald Trump praised the North's decision ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

North Korea taking measures to dismantle nuclear site

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea is "taking technical measures" to dismantle its nuclear test site, state media said on Saturday, May 12, in the latest dramatic step ahead of a historic summit between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump next month. "A ceremony for dismantling the nuclear test ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

North Korea vows to shut nuclear test site in May

SEOUL: North Korea promised to close its atomic test site next month and invite US weapons experts to the country, Seoul said Sunday, as Donald Trump expressed optimism about securing a nuclear deal in his summit with the secretive regime. The reported pledge from the North’s leader Kim Jong Un follows weeks of whirlwind diplomacy [...] The post North Korea vows to shut nuclear test site in May appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

Kim offers to close nuclear test site in May, invite U.S. experts

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea promised to close its atomic test site next month and invite US weapons experts to the country, Seoul said on Sunday, April 29, as US President Donald Trump expressed optimism about securing a nuclear deal with the secretive regime. The reported pledge from Kim Jong ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

North Korea to close nuke test site in May, unify time zone

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to shut down the country's nuclear test site in May and open the process to experts and journalists from South Korea and the United States, Seoul's presidential office said Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

North Korea s Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests

SEOUL, North Korea – North Korea will carry out no more nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests and will shut down its atomic test site, it said Saturday, April 21, in a move immediately welcomed by US President Donald Trump. Pyongyang's declaration, long sought by Washington, will be seen as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

US warns North Korea against new missile test, plays down talks

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned North Korea on Tuesday against another missile test and said Washington would not take planned talks between North and South Korea seriously if Pyongyang did not take steps to give up its nuclear weapons. Source link link: US warns North Korea against new missile test, plays down talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

NKorean missile frustrates SKorean Olympic preparations

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Just when South Korea thought it was finally creating a buzz for February's Winter Olympics, North Korea fired its most powerful missile yet and re-ignited safety worries about the small mountain town that will host the games not far from the rivals' anxious border. The Pyeongchang Olympics probably aren't in jeopardy because of Wednesday's launch for a number of reasons, including that the North is unlikely to attack the more powerful, U.S.-backed South. Despite its belligerent neighbor, South Korea is also one of the safest places in the world with a wealth of experience hosting international sporting events. Still, the launch, which followed a 10-week lull, was a frustrating development for Pyeongchang's organizers, who have only recently got on track after facing construction delays, controversies over cost overruns and wary sponsors. They can also do little to calm international fears created by North Korea's accelerating nuclear weapons and missile tests. Shortly after North Korea fired the Hwasong-15 into the sea Wednesday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in convened a national security meeting where he ordered government officials to closely review whether the launch could hurt South Korea's efforts to successfully host the Olympics, which begin on Feb. 9. South Korea wants more than a million spectators for the Olympics, which will be held just 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the border, and expects 30 percent of them to be foreign visitors. Organizers have struggled for months to spark enthusiasm for the games locally, where the national conversation over the past year have been dominated by a massive a massive corruption scandal that toppled and jailed the last president and North Korea's flurry of weapons tests. Sung Baikyou, an official from Pyeongchang's organizing committee, on Thursday downplayed worries that North Korea would scare away athletes and visitors to Pyeongchang. Organizers and government officials have held briefings and site inspections for Olympics officials, members and sponsors to reassure them of South Korea's security readiness. The 92 nations that have so far registered to participate in the Pyeongchang Games represent the largest ever Winter Olympics field. And after a slow start, organizers had managed to sell more than half of the available tickets by the end of November. Sung said there hasn't been any talk with the International Olympic Committee about moving or canceling the games. "It wouldn't make sense for anyone to cancel tickets to Pyeongchang because of fears about North Korea," Sung said. "There's no war; bombs aren't being dropped on Pyeongchang." Hyun Jae-gyung, an official from Gangwon province, which governs Pyeongchang and nearby Gangneung, a coastal city that will host the skating and hockey events during the Olympics, said cancelations at hotels and other accommodation facilities in the areas have been few and sporadic and unlikely linked to security concerns. But there's nothing organizers can do if North Korea raises fears even higher with more tests. North Korea has conducted 20 ballistic missile launches just this year, and the tests are becoming increasingly aggressive; some in the South fear that Washington might consider a pre-emptive strike on the North as the intercontinental ballistic missile tested Wednesday may be able to reach anywhere in the continental United States. Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a security adviser to South Korea's presidential office, thinks it's highly unlikely that the North will do any significant weapons tests or other aggressive acts that would disrupt the Olympics. After Hwasong-15's successful flight test, delighted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared that the country has "realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force." Many experts, including Koh, believe that this suggests the country could soon consider its nuclear program as "enough" and shift the focus to its dismal economy. It would do nothing for heavily-sanctioned Pyongyang to worsen its awful reputation by creating trouble during the Olympics, Koh said. In recent government statements, including the one announced after Wednesday's missile test, North Korea has repeatedly claimed itself as a "responsible" and "peace-loving" nation, something it has been emphasizing since the United States relisted the country as a state terror sponsor, Koh said. "Even if they do conduct a missile or nuclear test during the Olympics, the games will go on as tests don't start wars. But I think there's almost no possibility that they will," said Koh. "If anything, they might have pushed hard to get their tests done before the start of the Olympics." It would help ease worries if North Korea participates in the Pyeongchang Games. While a North Korean figure skating pair qualified for the Olympics in September, it's unclear whether the North will let them compete in the South. North Korea boycotted the 1988 Summer Olympics in South Korea's capital Seoul and has ignored the South's proposals for dialogue in recent months. Securing North Korea's commitment to attend the Pyeongchang Games will be a critical topic at the IOC's next executive board meeting in December, which will be the last one before the start of the Olympics. The IOC has already offered to pay the costs should North Korea decide to participate, and Pyeongchang officials have been talking about granting special entries for North Korean athletes in some ice sports. Kim Kyung-hyup, a lawmaker for South Korea's ruling party, said Thursday that Seoul should consider sending a special envoy to the North to persuade it to participate in the Pyeongchang Games. Other than hoping that North Korea accepts the invitation, organizers are stuck. "If there's any other solution, tell me," Sung said. "It's not like we can jump up and catch North Korean missiles with a net.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 2017