U.S. Expert Warns Against N.Korean Denuclearization Pledges

      March 16, 2018 09:17

      David Albright

      A U.S. nuclear security expert has warned that any promise by North Korea to freeze its main nuclear facility would be largely meaningless.

      David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security told Voice of America on Thursday that the U.S. should not accept any proposal by North Korea to freeze its Yongbyon nuclear reactor in a bid to display its willingness to denuclearize.

      According to analysis by the institute, about half of the North's nuclear materials and equipment, including enriched uranium and centrifugal separators, are at a location other than Yongbyon, he said.

      He added that freezing the Yongbyon facility would therefore be meaningless unless the North discloses where the rest is. Verification of any denuclearization pledge should begin with the identification of the location and inspection of its nuclear production facilities, he said.

      Meanwhile, there are signs that the North is running a presumed underground nuclear and chemical weapons facility in Syria, a U.S. website said.

      The alt-right Washington Free Beacon quoted a U.S. government official as saying on Wednesday, "The United States is monitoring information indicating that North Korea may be running a large underground military base in Syria that could be used for advanced weaponry and nuclear-related work."

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