DPRK leader Kim Jong-UN Photo: KCNA / Reuters
Russia secretly offered North Korea to build a nuclear power plant in exchange for giving up nuclear weapons. It is reported by the Washington Post, citing sources in the U.S. government.
The talks were held last fall. Under the deal, Russia will operate the plants and take out all the byproducts that the DPRK did not use them to create weapons. In return, North Korea will curtail a nuclear weapons program and abandon the use of ballistic missiles, however, will get a new source of energy.
The sources said that the US and China would not approve such an agreement because it will allow Russia to gain a foothold on the Korean Peninsula. In this case, Moscow will play a significant role in providing the region with energy. At the same time, sources stressed that the DPRK is unlikely to abandon its nuclear program until it normalizes relations with the United States.
The white house, the CIA and the Russian Embassy in Washington declined to comment on the deal.
The President of the United States Donald trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN is holding talks on the denuclearization of the Peninsula. Their first meeting was held in Singapore in June 2018. According to its results, the parties agreed that the DPRK is ready to abandon nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees from the United States.
Washington regularly accuses Pyongyang that the country violates the agreement and continues to produce nuclear warheads. In turn, North Korea accuses Washington of blackmail, undue pressure and new sanctions.
The second meeting trump and Kim Jong UN to be held in late February 2019. The summit will be held in Vietnam, the exact date is still unknown.
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