Satellite Photos Show North Korea Razing Nuclear Test Site, Analysts Say

Kim Jong Un inspects a nuclear weapons programme

North Korea has carried out six underground nuclear tests-including the last and most powerful one in September 2017-at the Punggye-ri site. "The likelihood is that Trump's withdrawal from the Iran deal didn't fundamentally alter Kim Jong-Un's thinking about USA posture", Russel said.

In Washington on Friday, Pompeo said after his first talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha that the United States is ready to boost North Korea's economy if the regime swiftly dismantles its nuclear weapons program.

Satellite images which were taken on May 7 show that several key operational support buildings have been razed, according to the North Korea monitoring project 38 North. The reporters will then be transported by a chartered train to the nuclear test site in Punggye-ri.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in welcomed the announcement Monday, calling it an "initial step in the complete denuclearisation of North Korea".

They also plan on dismantling research facilities, observation posts and guard posts, along with removing guards and research staff.

Skeptics, however, say Pyongyang may have ulterior motives for highlighting the site's demolition, pointing to past demonstrations where it carried out similar spectacles to show its commitment to deals it later reneged on. The North has vowed to pursue nuclear development unless Washington removes its 28,500 troops from South Korea and the nuclear umbrella defending South Korea and Japan. Pompeo, speaking on CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday said that the regime will benefit from private investment, not assistance from USA taxpayers, in exchange for abandoning its nuclear weapon program.


The United States is prepared to offer North Korea security assurances and bountiful private investment if it makes the strategic choice to give up its nuclear weapons, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged Sunday. It will be the first time that leaders of the United States and North Korea have met in person.

After the historic summit at the border truce village of Punmunjeom on April 27, North and South Korea will be meeting once again on Wednesday, May 16, to discuss establishing military and Red Cross talks aimed at lessening border tension and resuming reunions between families who were separated by the Korean War of the early 1950s, Associated Press reported.

Last month, Pompeo became the first known USA official to meet with Kim, where he helped lay the groundwork for the upcoming meeting with Trump.

On Tuesday, North Korea invited one news agency and one television broadcaster from South Korea to observe the shutdown, the South's Ministry of Unification said.

WASHINGTON-A former senior USA diplomat from the Obama administration said that President Trump's recent decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal would not adversely affect US negotiations with North Korea, contrary to the opinion of many of Trump's critics.

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