After months of waiting, North Korea has handed a dossier on its nuclear activities to the international community. The report is a key step in the country’s process of denuclearisation. Controversy remains, however, over what is not included: in other words, information about Pyongyang’s alleged involvement in uranium enrichment.
North Korea has also pledged to destroy the cooling tower at its Yongbyon nuclear complex on Friday, a symbolic event meant to highlight its commitment to disarmament. Six-way talks ended in a deal offering Pyongyang energy, aid and diplomatic incentives in return for disabling its main nuclear facility and coming clean about its past activities.
North Korea is said by many to once again be on the brink of famine. The UN estimates the country is more than a million tonnes of grain short of what it needs to feed its people this year. Independent observers are in the country to assess the situation, ahead of the first delivery of US aid due in the next few days.