March 30, 2023

North Korea has not stopped nuclear activities, UN Watchdog Agency says

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In this Friday, April 20, 2018, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea said Saturday, April 21, 2017 it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site ahead of a new round of negotiations with South Korea and the United States. There was no clear indication in the North’s announcement if it would be willing to deal away its arsenal. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)From WN

North Korea’s nuclear activities have not stopped over the past, and it continues to develop its nuclear program, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said in a new report, ABC News reports.

The “continuation and further development” of the program are “cause for grave concern,” the International Atomic Energy Agency said in its report, released Monday, which covered developments since August 2017 and found that the North had carried out “clear violations of relevant U.N. Security Council Resolutions.”

The report, issued by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, noted that the agency faced challenges in what it could actually verify.

“As the Agency remains unable to carry out verification activities in the DPRK, its knowledge of the DPRK’s nuclear program is limited and, as further nuclear activities take place in the country, this knowledge is declining.” – IAEA report

The report used the acronym for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Without access to major nuclear sites in North Korea, the IAEA said it has relied in part on satellite imagery and open-source information.

President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12 and the next day declared in a tweet, “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”

The president repeated the claim in an interview with Reuters published Monday, “I stopped [North Korea’s] nuclear testing. I stopped [North Korea’s] missile testing.”

In its report this week, the IAEA called North Korea’s continued nuclear activity “deeply regrettable” and called on the country to cooperate and fulfill its obligations under U.N. Security Council resolutions., Jim Berrie

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