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India wants North Korea-Pakistan 'nuclear axis' to be addressed

Yanjana Thuain
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Satellite imagery shows North Korea upgrading nuclear facility despite agreement with the US

38 North - a group that monitors events taking place in and around North Korea - has released images that show that the facility is still operating and is even making infrastructural improvements.

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India has welcomed the Trump administration's effort in initiating the US-North Korea summit, wherein the two countries entered into a landmark agreement on denuclearisation in the Korean Peninsula. However, India expressed concerns over finding a solution regarding the possible Pyongyang-Islamabad nuclear axis.

Calling it a positive development, an Economic Times report cited the Indian Ministry of External Affairs as saying, "India has always supported all efforts to bring about peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and diplomacy. We hope that the outcomes of the US-Korea Summit will be implemented, thus paving the way for lasting peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula."

After Trump announced that he would hold a summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore, to ease tensions in the Korean peninsula, ministers from the US, South Korea and Singapore started making arrangements for the historic meet.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for External Affairs, General Vijay Kumar Singh, who had attended the summit, had earlier highlighted that a nuclear threat persists from India’s neighbour.

North Korea, however, stressed that it would not allow any activity that could concern India’s security. Delhi and Pyongyang explored the feasibility of assistance in areas of mutual interest, during Singh's visit.

Pakistan in the past is believed to have assisted North Korea in its nuclear development programme and in return, Pyongyang had extended support to Pakistan's missile programme.