North Korea has taken the first steps towards honouring its commitment to nuclear disarmament by starting to dismantle its main missile-engine test site, according to an analysis of satellite images.
The findings have not yet received official backing from the US or South Korean governments, even though the dismantling would be a huge boost for Donald Trump’s claim that he was right to engage with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, at a historic summit in Singapore in June.
Mike Pompeo hit back at North Korean accusations of “gangster-like” behaviour on Sunday and said sanctions on Pyongyang would only be lifted with “final” denuclearisation.
Speaking in Tokyo after two days of intense discussions in Pyongyang, the US Secretary of State insisted the talks were making progress and were being conducted in “good faith.”
In stark contrast, Pyongyang’s take was overwhelmingly negative, with the North warning that the future of the peace process was being jeopardised by overbearing US demands for its unilateral nuclear disarmament.
North Korea has accused the US of using “gangster-like” tactics to push it towards nuclear disarmament after a fresh round of high-level talks.
It branded the US attitude at the meeting as “extremely troubling”.
The statement, by an unnamed foreign ministry official, gave a starkly different account from one provided by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just hours before.
He had said progress was made during his two-day visit to Pyongyang.
It is the first time he has visited North Korea since a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore.
US intelligence agencies believe North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months and may try to hide these while seeking concessions in nuclear talks with the United States, NBC news quoted US officials as saying.
Bear in mind it’s MSNBC quoting “sources”.
Redacted Tonight host Lee Camp says he is unsure that President Donald Trump has the discipline to maintain a peace deal with North Korea, but notes that his opponents would rather face nuclear war than give him credit.
‘We don’t know what type of person the North Korean leader is negotiating with. It is not clear that he would not cancel the agreement before returning home,’ Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency.
As President Donald Trump begins an unprecedented relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, serious questions have been raised as to how the regime’s record of crimes against humanity could be overlooked.
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took steps toward decreasing tensions on the Korean peninsula, in a joint statement signed by the two leaders Tuesday.
The text of the agreement was seen by reporters before its official release by the White House after Trump held it up during a joint signing ceremony with Kim Jong Un. The text of the agreement notes first that “the United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.”
Normalizing relations? Ending the Korean War? Big Macs in Pyongyang?
Just hours before President Trump’s historic nuclear summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, the Trump administration is hinting at the bargaining chips the president may have in his back pocket as he readies for the high-stakes negotiations in Singapore.
“Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly….but in the end, that doesn’t matter,” Trump tweeted Monday. “We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!”
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Live Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un summit live: Latest news updates from US-North Korea meeting in Singapore
The North Korean media reported Sunday that Syrian President Bashar Assad is due in Pyongyang for an official state visit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
Much of the instant media commentary regarding the announcement claimed that it is nothing more than a testament to the deep, long-standing ties between the two isolated nations, whose rogue behavior has caused both to be shunned by the international community.
It was a bitterly cold day in Pyongyang – 28 December 2011.
Snow was falling hard as a long black Lincoln Continental car drove slowly through the streets. On the roof, on a bed of white chrysanthemums, lay the coffin of North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il.
Vast crowds dressed in black lined the streets. They had to be held back by soldiers as they wept uncontrollably, beating their chests and calling out “father, father”.
President Donald Trump canceled the U.S.-North Korea summit scheduled to take place on June 12, he said in a letter Thursday.
For those wishing to understand the emerging role of the United States in the Middle East, especially regarding the ever-expanding role of Iran, watch North Korea. The long-term effects of U.S. President Donald Trump’s aggressive posture toward the Hermit Kingdom are not yet clear, but change has occurred. For the first time in 68 years, a leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, walked across the border to South Korea. In a region of the world where maintaining face is paramount, this was possibly seen as a sign of submission.
US President Donald Trump has said there is a “substantial chance” a historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un next month may be delayed.
He was speaking as he received South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in at the White House to discuss the summit.
Mr Moon is “likely tell President Trump what to expect and what not to expect from Kim”, South Korean media report.