Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

North Korea's Last Nuclear Test Changed The Height of an Entire Mountain

North Korea's Last Nuclear Test Changed The Height of an Entire Mountain

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a news conference that the prepared to substantially help North Korea economically if it gets rid of its nuclear weapons program and stockpile.

Journalists from South Korea, China, Russia, the United States and Britain will be invited to cover the dismantling on-site to "ensure transparency of discontinuance of the nuclear test".

Officials in Seoul had said in April that North Korea planned to invite experts and journalists from the United States and South Korea for the shutdown of its test site. But North Korea has said it's willing to talk now because it's already succeeded in becoming a nuclear-armed state, fueling skepticism that the North would truly being willing to give those weapons up.

"The next few weeks will be critical, requiring air-tight coordination between our two countries", Kang said, noting that South Korean President Moon Jae-in would be in Washington to see Mr. Trump later this month.

North Korea in 2014 sentenced South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook to hard labor for life on charges of spying and trying to set up underground churches.

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha met with her USA counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for the first time on Friday.

The closure was n announced in May - without giving precise dates - of only known nuclear testing facilities in North Korea, those of Punggye-ri, near border with China, to journalists and worldwide experts who will be invited to attend Process.

Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun did not provide a clear answer on whether the women could be returned to North Korea if it's confirmed they didn't want to come to South Korea.

The Russian Defense Ministry's seismic monitoring confirms that North Korea carried out a nuclear test last September, the chief of the ministry's Special Control Service, Col. Igor Tokarev, told Sputnik. "This event is the largest one so far conducted by North Korea, and it's created meters of deformation, which we've never seen before at least for the past 20 years or so". A study he published past year used a similar SAR technique to look at North Korea's fourth nuclear test, in January 2016, but couldn't distinguish between a landslide and actual movement of the mountain. According to him, his conversation with North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN was a "good and meaningful". "We believe it is likely to be a part of the North's effort to shut down the nuclear site".

Pompeo is himself just back from Pyongyang, after securing the first fruit of the tentative thaw in ties between Washington and Kim's regime - the return of three American detainees. The summit is scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. Estimates suggest the value of North Korea's basic minerals - coal, copper, etc. - ranges from $6 to $10 trillion total, not counting the rare earth metals.

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