North Korea has suspended high-level talks with South Korea due to US-South Korean military exercises and warned that a summit next month between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump could be in jeopardy. We hope Kim makes a wise choice.
The analysis was made public before North Korea holds a ceremony for dismantling the Punggye-ri site between May 23 and May 25, depending on weather conditions, in the presence of global media.
The US and its allies have focused on the subject of denuclearization following North Korea's nuclear and missile tests in 2017, a fact the regime knows all too well and will use to leverage its position accordingly.
Kim used the phrase when he declared that his regime had completed the development of its nuclear arsenal and no more atomic or missile tests were needed.
On the same day, Bolton said on CNN's "State of the Union" that the United States is still pursuing "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization", or CVID, heading into negotiations with North Korea, and that covers "all aspects of their nuclear program".
"The final destination that the North is headed for is not to completely dismantle its nuclear weapons program but become a nuclear weapons state covered by the paper called denuclearization", he added, according to the South's Yonhap news agency.
North Koreans appeared optimistic about the summit, the chief of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, told reporters in Seoul after a trip to the North.
Bolton said the U.S. side also will discuss not just North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes but its chemical and biological weapons arsenal as well. The United States will look at what North Korea has said independently, and continue to coordinate closely with our allies'. After last pact between North Korea and United States, Pyongyang destroyed in 2007 cooling tower of Yongbyon nuclear power plant, where plutonium has been manufactured for its bombs.
A North Korean delegation led by Pak Thae Song, vice-chairman of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea's Central Committee, meanwhile arrived in Beijing, the North's official KCNA news agency reported. According to a 2014 government estimate it would cost US$77.3 billion just to rebuild North Korea's decrepit railway network, to say nothing of bullet trains.
Tempers had cooled following months of belligerence on both sides - Trump called Kim "Little Rocket Man" and Kim responded by branding him a 'mentally deranged USA dotard'.
This move came three days after North Korea released three Americans detained in the country for "anti-DPRK hostilities", at the suggestion of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who visited Jong-un in North Korea on May 9 for the second time in a month.
The researchers published an analysis of satellite images from May 7th of the nuclear facility on Monday.