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Kim will never give up his nuclear weapons, say MPs

Kim will never give up his nuclear weapons, say MPs

South Korean officials have said the summit will focus on North Korea's nuclear disarmament, although the North hasn't confirmed this through its state-run media.

There has been a pressing need for the denuclearisation of North Korea by Japan, the US, China and South Korea.

Its sole objective will be to establish a direct hotline between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which Cheong Wa Dae officials earlier said would enable "frequent" discussions between the two leaders.

The report, entitled Rash or Rational?: North Korea and The Threat It Poses, argues that the country has significantly stepped up its nuclear testing over the past 24 months.

In September 2017, the U.N. Security Council adopted resolutions prohibiting companies from accepting North Korean workers in response to a nuclear test the North conducted earlier that month.

MPs began gathering evidence for their report in September, around the time when Pyongyang was celebrating the "perfect success" of its sixth test with a hydrogen bomb.

They warned: "It is possible that North Korea can already strike the United Kingdom with ICBMs, which could potentially carry and deliver nuclear warheads". "Within the next six to 18 months, it is nearly certain to be able to achieve this capability". Kim is also expected to meet US President Donald Trump by the end of May.

Kim and the South's president Moon Jae-in are due to meet on April 27 at the South's side of the demilitarised zone for the landmark inter-Korean summit.

The report suggested Kim could be "dissuaded" from using nuclear weapons - adding the leader was "ruthless. but rational".

However, they warned that despite the recent diplomatic thaw, North Korea is unlikely to abandon its weapon programme.

Speaking separately, a source in China's Dandong, a port city lying on the Yalu River across from North Korea, told RFA he had seen a group of buses carrying North Korean workers arrive on March 30 from North Korea's Sinuiju city, just across the border.

The five-member South Korean delegation on Thursday was led by Kim Sang-gyun, a senior director from the National Intelligence Service, who met Kim Chang-son, an official from the North's state affairs commission and five other delegates.

The select committee report also covers the cyber threat posed by North Korea - which was blamed for the WannaCry ransomware attack which struck computers at NHS trusts previous year.


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