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Dismantling of North Korea nuclear site 'well underway' – U.S. monitor

May 15, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The respected 38 North website says that satellite images dated May 7 showed 'the first definitive evidence that dismantlement of the test site was already well underway'

DISMANTLING 'UNDERWAY'. This image acquired on September 4, 2017, and courtesy of www.Planet.com, shows the Punggye-ri test site where on September 3, 2017, North Korea claimed to have conducted the underground explosion of a hydrogen bomb. Handout photo from Planet/AFP

South Korean president asks UN to verify closure of North's test site

May 02, 2018 - 10:48 AM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in also asks for UN support to 'transform the demilitarized zone into a peace zone' between the two Koreas

CLOSURE? This image acquired on September 4, 2017, and courtesy of www.Planet.com, shows the Punggye-ri test site where on September 3, 2017, North Korea claimed to have conducted the underground explosion of a hydrogen bomb. Handout photo from Planet/AFP

North Korea ready for another nuclear test – Seoul

Sep 12, 2016 - 9:42 AM

UPDATED Seoul: We have detected signs that North Korea has finished preparations to conduct a nuclear test at any time in the third tunnel at its Punggye ri test site

People watch a television news broadcast showing a North Korean anchor announcing the country's latest nuclear test, at a railway station in Seoul on September 9, 2016. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

North Korea's latest nuclear test: 5 things to know

Sep 09, 2016 - 1:30 PM

UPDATED Here are some key questions around the blast and the isolated state s nuclear program

5TH NUCLEAR TEST. A South Korean official points to a map showing the epicenter seismic waves in North Korea, at the Korea Meteorological Administration in Seoul on September 9, 2016 following news of another nuclear test by North Korea. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

No 'imminent' signs of North Korea nuclear test – US think tank

May 11, 2016 - 8:53 AM

South Korean officials and North Korea watchers elsewhere earlier warn of a high possibility that Pyongyang might – as a show of strength – carry out a test in the run up to or during the North Korean conclave

South Korea's Park says North preparing nuclear test

Apr 18, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Her remarks follows South Korean media reports in which unnamed government and intelligence officials spoke of a spike in activity at the North s Punggye ri nuclear test site

In this file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-hye issues a statement to the nation from the presidential office in Seoul, South Korea, January 13, 2016. Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool/EPA

Preparations in 'final stages' for North Korea nuclear test – report

Apr 17, 2016 - 2:56 PM

Numerous analysts have suggested the regime might carry out a 5th nuclear test as a display of defiance and strength just before the congress opens

Experts skeptical over North Korean H-bomb claim

Jan 06, 2016 - 3:08 PM

The North has made many unverifiable claims about its nuclear weapons strength including the ability to strike the US mainland which most experts dismiss – at least for now

TIMELINE: North Korean history and weapons development

Jan 06, 2016 - 2:19 PM

These are the key dates in North Korean history and its development of long range missiles and nuclear weapons

China border residents evacuated after North Korea test

Jan 06, 2016 - 1:47 PM

People near the frontier with North Korea clearly felt tremors on Wednesday morning after Pyongyang said it detonated a hydrogen bomb state media said

North Korea says conducted 'successful' H-bomb test

Jan 06, 2016 - 10:14 AM

6th UPDATE The announcement triggers swift international condemnation but also skepticism with experts suggesting the apparent yield is far too low for a thermonuclear device

ALERT. South Koreans watch TV news showing North Korea's breaking news, at Seoul station, in Seoul, South Korea, January 6, 2016. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Photos show new N. Korea nuclear test tunnel – US think tank

Dec 03, 2015 - 8:48 AM

The tunnel is in a new area of the Punggye ri site separate from 3 other tunnels

New images confirm activity at N. Korea nuclear test site

Apr 30, 2014 - 2:34 PM

Concern has been building over the past week that the North is preparing to conduct a fourth test in the face of stern international opposition

Obama lands in Seoul as N. Korea nuclear test fears grow

Apr 25, 2014 - 12:37 PM

Barack Obama arrives in Seoul but there are signs that North Korea may be readying a nuclear test to further dampen spirits

HEADING TO SOUTH KOREA. US President Barack Obama waves as he boards an Air Force One at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan, 25 April 2014. Franck Robichon/EPA

South Korea says North may be close to nuclear test

Apr 22, 2014 - 12:11 PM

South Korea says North Korea may be preparing a fourth nuclear test days ahead of a visit to Seoul by US President Barack Obama