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N Korea at crossroads

Dismantling Pyongyang's weapons relies heavily on US

Japan to foot bill, while IAEA will focus on verification

Containers with uranium hexafluoride salt, raw material for nuclear weapons. The scale of the denuclearization is expected to be the largest in history, given the number of nuclear weapons North Korea is suspected to possess.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- With the U.S. and North Korea having agreed to work toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, the focus now shifts to how the process will evolve once things get moving.

While details of the unprecedented challenge remain fuzzy, the scale of the denuclearization is expected to be the largest in history, based on the number of weapons North Korea is suspected to possess and the range of nuclear facilities.

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