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North Korea begins dismantling its nuclear silo

Satellite images from the Punggye-ri evidence base show that part of the complex has been destroyed

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North Korea begins dismantling its nuclear silo

A final analysis of satellite images taken on North Korea's atomic evidence base shows "a first definitive test" that regime is dismantling site. This is what y consider to be experts of 38North specialized page following material obtained on May 7, approximately one week after Kim Jong-Un announced closure of base where six nuclear tests have been carried out.

The comparison between snapshots of April 20 and May 7 yields substantial differences. 38North analysts noted that several "key buildings" of Punggye-ri complex were demolished during those 15 days, as well as or secondary constructions. In several of entrances of underground tunnels also rails that connected m with deposits of residues derived from excavations have disappeared. Or buildings remain intact, including control centre and administrative area, although no vehicles are observed or presence of civilian or military personnel.

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These significant changes show that dismantling of complex, located in a mountainous area in norast of country, "is very advanced", according to this analysis. Researchers also note that none of entrances to tunnels yet operational have been permanently closed, something that could be left by end of month. Then, between 23 and 25 May, a ceremony will be held in which " tunnels will be flown from test field and ir entrances will be completely blocked", according to North Korean Foreign Ministry. In this process are invited international journalists, but not nuclear inspectors.

The official closure of Punggye-Ri will come a few weeks before Kim Jong-Un meets US President Donald Trump on June 12 in Singapore. While this gesture of regime is taken as a sign of goodwill to negotiations, North Korean leader has ensured that his country's nuclear force "is complete," and refore no longer needs this nuclear silo. Ors simply speculate that base was unusable after last and most potent nuclear test last September.

The Trump administration argues that it will only negotiate with North Korea "The complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling" of its nuclear program, something that regime has always refused to consider essential to its survival. Dismantling test field may show a desire not to continue trials, but it does not imply that country is willing to deliver its nuclear arsenal. 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. When agreement derailed, country took a few years to modernize facility and re-activate its main nuclear reactor.

On 27 April, Kim Jong-Un pledged to take steps to achieve denuclearization of Korean Peninsula during historic Summit it held with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Both countries, in process of thawing ir bilateral relations, will meet again this Wednesday at border to follow up and develop some of points that have been agreed. Among m is commitment to stop hostile acts on both sides of border, open a joint office in border town of Kaesong (North Korea), establish ways of economic cooperation or prepare next meeting of separate families By Korean War, reports agency Korean Yonhap.


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