Category Archives: North Korea

North Korea: satellite images show dismantling of missile test facilities

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 hits back at North Korea’s ‘gangster’ accusations

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: US is making ‘gangster-like’ demands on denuclearisation

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.


Iran warns North Korea not to believe Trump’s promises in nuclear talks since the White House has pulled out of their Obama-era agreement

‘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.


Here’s What Trump-Kim Jong Un Agreed Upon At Summit

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.”


Trump’s North Korea bargaining chips: What is president prepared to offer?

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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Caroline Glick: Trump’s North Korea Strategy Is Terrifying Iran

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.


The king of Pyongyang

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”.


Iran, North Korea, and the U.S.

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.


Trump says ‘substantial chance’ summit with Kim may be delayed

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.


South Korea and the US to Still Work Closely After Kim Walks From the Summit

Back to square one:

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump held discussions on Sunday to ensure that the North Korea-U.S. summit remains on track after North Korea threatened to pull out of the high-level talks.

Moon and Trump spoke over the phone for about 20 minutes, and exchanged their views on North Korea’s recent reactions, South Korea’s presidential office said without elaborating.

“The two leaders will work closely and unwaveringly for the successful hosting of the North Korea- U.S. summit set on June 12, including the upcoming South Korea-U.S. summit,” the presidential official said.

Moon and Trump are set to meet on Tuesday in Washington before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with Trump on June 12 in Singapore.