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PN's Voice 133, 05.04.2018
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PN's Voice No. 133, 05. 04. 2018
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NK May Have Shut Down Nuclear Reactor
North Korea may have shut down a nuclear reactor for now, while conducting major construction work nearby, according to 38 North, a US website monitoring the reclusive regime. In the latest commercial satellite imagery from March 30, there were no clearly visible steam plumes coming from the Generator Hall of the 5-megawatt plutonium-producing reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear complex, 38 North said. The North claims the nuclear facilities are aimed at producing electricity, but they have long been suspected of producing weapons-grade plutonium.
The report comes amid hopes for a resolution to the standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons program. To discuss the regime's denuclearization, South Korean President Moon Jae-in is due to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on April 27. US President Donald Trump is also expected to sit down with Kim before the end of May.
The reactor has provided Pyongyang with plutonium that the regime used in its first three nuclear tests, in 2006, 2009 and 2013. The North conducted its fourth and fifth nuclear tests in January and September 2016, and its sixth and most powerful test last September. 38 North also said work continues on a building adjacent to the Experimental Light Water Reactor (ELWR), "but there are no obvious signs that the reactor is approaching operational status." The New York Times reported last month that the ELWR appeared to be coming online after years of construction, possibly presenting a new challenge to Trump.
Source : 38 North
N. Korea's Top Diplomat to Visit Russia Next Week
North Korea's top diplomat will visit Russia next week, from Monday to Wednesday, to discuss issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho will meet with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday. Ri and Lavrov are expected to discuss the two countries' relationship as well as exchange opinions on ways to resolve Korean Peninsula issues ahead of the inter-Korean summit and U.S.-North Korea summit. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that there is no meeting scheduled between Ri and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the visit.
Source : Yonhap News
Presidential Office: Inter-Korean Summit Unlikely to Touch on Economic Cooperation
The presidential office says it won't be easy to raise the issue of economic cooperation during the inter-Korean summit this month. A senior presidential official revealed the stance to reporters on Wednesday after being asked whether the talks would include the issue of constructing a cross-border railway.
The official told reporters that the main agenda of the summit will be the denuclearization and establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula. He then said that issues related to economic cooperation cannot be addressed through inter-Korean agreements at a stage when the levels of UN sanctions are at their highest. The official said he believes economic cooperation issues could be discussed with the support of the UN and the international community after there is progress in denuclearization. The official said that economic cooperation has not been included in the agenda that the summit preparation committee has compiled.
Source : KBS News
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