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27 Jun 2018

Rapid improvements noticed at N-Korea's Yongbyon nuclear site: Monitoring website

North Korea still seen building at nuclear site

North Korea is carrying out rapid improvements at its Yongbyon nuclear research facility, monitoring website "38 North" said today.

The website said North Korea not only carrying out infrastructure work at the site but also continuing operations.

"Commercial satellite imagery from June 21 indicates that improvements to the infrastructure at...Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center are continuing at a rapid pace," it said.

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North Korea still seen building at nuclear site

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Kim had promised complete denuclearization of Korean peninsula

Denuclearization

Kim had promised complete denuclearization of Korean peninsula

The nuclear-armed North's leader Kim Jong-un promised to "work toward" denuclearization at the landmark Singapore summit with US President Donald Trump.

But the Singapore meeting failed to clearly define denuclearization or produce a specific timeline towards dismantling the North's atomic weapons arsenal.

Trump claimed the process would start quickly, saying last week, "It will be a total denuclearization, which is already taking place."

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New engineering office erected at uranium enrichment plant: 38 North

38 North noted "continued operations" at uranium enrichment plant and several new installations at the site, including an engineering-office and driveway to a building housing a nuclear reactor. Nuclear officials could be "expected to proceed with business as usual until Pyongyang issues specific-orders, it said.

Punggye-ri nuclear site

North Korea blew Punggye-Ri nuclear test site last month

The North last month blew up its aged but only nuclear test site at Punggye-Ri, where it had staged six atomic tests, in a show of goodwill before the Singapore summit.

But Pyongyang has kept its counsel on the denuclearization issue since the meeting, although state media have dialed down propaganda against the US, long dubbed the "imperialist enemy."

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