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Analysts: Site demolition no guarantee of North Korea denuclearization

Analysts: Site demolition no guarantee of North Korea denuclearization

World
NEW YORK, May 23 (UPI) -- North Korea's dismantlement of its nuclear site in Punggye-ri is symbolic, but ultimately does not guarantee the regime will end nuclear testing or comply with U.S. calls for denuclearization, U.S. and South Korean analysts say. Frank Aum, a senior North Korea expert at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, told UPI in a recent phone interview North Korea's demolition event, scheduled for Thursday, leaves options open for Pyongyang. "By closing down that test site, it doesn't prevent North Korea from conducting additional tests because there are other tunnels and pristine rock within that mountain complex that are still usable for tests," Aum said. But Aum, a former senior advisor on North Korea at the Pentagon, said the offer to dismantle the site...
Weapons inspectors visit site of Douma 'chemical attack'

Weapons inspectors visit site of Douma 'chemical attack'

World
Weapons inspectors have collected samples from the Syrian town of Douma, where they are investigating a suspected chemical weapons attack.The inspectors, from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), arrived in the town a week after they first set foot in Syria.The OPCW said in a statement on Saturday that it will "evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma".It added the samples would be analysed in its designated labs.The organisation's fact-finding team was delayed for several days in its attempts to reach the town.The attack being investigated killed at least 70 people on 7 April.Images showed collapsed bodies in crowded rooms, some foaming from their noses and mouths.However, journalists who were escorted to the si...
Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site

Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site

Technology
A barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho nuclear facility, federal officials said Thursday, resulting in no injuries and no risk to the public but possibly slowing progress in shipping waste out of the state. The U.S. Department of Energy said the 55-gallon (208-liter) barrel ruptured late Wednesday at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory, the nation's top federal nuclear research lab. Federal officials said it's the first known rupture of a barrel containing radioactive sludge at the site but might not be the last. That's because secretive record keeping during the Cold War makes it hard for officials to now know the exact contents of similar barrels, said Idaho National Laboratory Joint Information Center spokes...
Rescuers reach plane crash site in Iran mountains

Rescuers reach plane crash site in Iran mountains

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Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Rescue teams reached the snow-capped mountains of southern Iran on Monday, where a plane carrying 65 people crashed the day before.The 59 passengers, two flight attendants, two pilots and two members of security forces aboard the commercial Aseman Airlines flight are presumed dead.Press TV reported that rescue teams reached the 14,400-foot high crash site before dawn on Monday, with improving weather conditions allowing helicopters to fly over the mountainous area.The ATR-72 plane, a twin-engine turboprop, was traveling from the capital Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasuj.Up to 26 teams of mountain climbers scoured the area on Monday looking for debris.The aircraft was brought back into service only months ago after being grounded for seven years. It had been barred f...
UK Government site goes offline after hack

UK Government site goes offline after hack

Technology
More than 5,000 websites have been hacked to force visitors' computers to run software that mines a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin.Users loading the websites of the Information Commissioner's Office, the Student Loans Company, as well as the council websites for Manchester City, Camden, and Croydon - and even the homepage of the United States Courts - had their computers' processing power hijacked by hackers.Malicious code for software known as "Coinhive", a program advertising itself as "A Crypto Miner for your Website" would start running in the background until the webpage is closed.Security researcher Scott Helme was alerted to the hack by a friend who sent him antivirus software warnings received after visiting a UK Government website.:: North Korean hackers target cryptocurrency M...