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WorldRussia Offered North Korea a Nuclear Plant: Report

05:41  30 january  2019
05:41  30 january  2019 Source:   newsweek.com

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In exchange for North Korea dismantling its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, Moscow offered the country a nuclear power plant . The Russian offer , which intelligence officials became aware of in late 2018, marked a new attempt by Moscow to intervene in the high-stakes nuclear talks as it

North Korea (DPRK) has been active in developing nuclear technology since the 1950s. Although the country currently has no operational power-generating nuclear reactor, efforts at developing its nuclear power sector continue. Moreover, North Korea has developed nuclear weapons.

Russia Offered North Korea a Nuclear Plant: Report© (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File) FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at a parade in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Russia offered to provide North Korea with a nuclear power plant in exchange for denuclearization, according to a report.

Just one day after Russian officials assured reporters that a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is still in the cards, U.S. intelligence officials told The Washington Post that Moscow had offered Pyongyang a nuclear power plant as a means of inserting itself into the ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea.

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North Korea has a military nuclear weapons program and also has a significant quantity of chemical and biological weapons. As of 2003

Nuclear power plants currently operate in 31 countries. Most are in Europe, North America, East Asia and South Asia. The United States is the largest producer of nuclear power

The deal would have allegedly seen Russia operate the plant and ship all nuclear waste back to Russia as a guarantee that the material couldn’t be used to make weapons.

The ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea over denuclearization appear to be stalled, but a meeting between North Korea’s Kim and President Donald Trump is scheduled to take place in late February. It is unclear when the meeting with Putin will occur and whether the offer for a nuclear power plant is still on the table.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Newsweek about whether the Trump administration would welcome Russia’s efforts to convince North Korea to denuclearize. Experts, however, say it is unlikely the offer would be accepted by any of the major players in the North Korea negotiations.

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Diplomatic relations between North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea , DPRK) and the Soviet Union (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR, the predecessor state to the Russian Federation) were first established on October 12

Whenever North Korea conducts a nuclear test, it goes against the will of the international community and China will strongly oppose it. While the US has talked up a military response, other world powers have emphasised different approaches. Russia has offered perhaps the most direct opposition to

“No one should be shocked that Russia is trying to step forward and offer a so-called ‘solution’ to the North Korean nuclear program. However, while such a plan was put forward by Moscow, it is doubtful the DPRK would ever support such a measure, nor would Washington ever agree to it or Seoul,” Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest in Washington, D.C., told Newsweek.

“Russia’s real intent is most likely to once again become a player in Northeast Asia, a part of the world where its influence has slipped since the fall of the old Soviet Union,” Kazianis continued. “In fact, being involved in the North Korea nuclear issue gives Moscow another card to play against the U.S., especially as relations have fallen off a cliff in recent years.”

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Russia is one of the world's largest producers of nuclear energy. In 2018 total electricity generated in nuclear power plants in Russia was 202.87 TWh, 20,8% of all power generation. The installed gross capacity of Russian nuclear reactors is 31,315 MW by December 2018.

North Korea ratifies the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), a multilateral agreement whose dozens of signatories have committed to halting the spread of nuclear weapons and technology and promoting peaceful cooperation on nuclear energy. North Korea built its first nuclear facilities in the early 1980s.

Ever since Trump met Kim for a high-level meeting in Singapore in June, the State Department has been meeting with North Korean officials to hammer out the details of a deal that would see Pyongyang give up its nuclear weapons and abandon its ballistic missile program. The negotiations have yielded few visible results, however, and North Korean state media recently said that Pyongyang wouldn’t give up its nuclear weapons without some major concessions from the U.S.

North Korea is determined to have international sanctions lifted in exchange for getting rid of some of its nuclear weapons. Last year, U.S. officials accused Russia of helping North Korea violate international sanctions. Shortly thereafter, Russia announced it would begin deporting North Korean guest workers so they would stop sending money home to support the country's nuclear weapons development.

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