Says North Korea Diplomacy 'Very Much Alive,' but Watching Rocket Site
- Author: Jon Douglas Mar 12, 2019,
Mar 12, 2019, 1:09
US President Donald Trump is ready to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un again for denuclearisation talks, the White House said, underlining that his decision to walk out of the Hanoi summit sent a signal to other countries as well that he is not desperate for a deal unless it is in America's interest. We see exactly what they're doing now.
"There's a lot of activity all the time in North Korea, but I'm not going to speculate on what that particular commercial satellite picture shows", Bolton told the news show.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (center) arrives at a polling station in Pyongyang on Sunday to vote for the rubber-stamp Supreme People's Assembly in this grab from the [North] Korean Central Television.
February's summit in Hanoi broke up early when the two leaders failed to agree on United States demands for Mr Kim to give up his nuclear weapons and North Korea's call for sanctions to be lifted. He said the Trump administration took it "very seriously" but cautioned against drawing any snap conclusions. And I don't think I will be, but we'll see what happens.
Trump told reporters Friday he would be disappointed if Pyongyang were to resume weapons testing and reiterated his belief in his good relationship with the DPRK leader, despite the recent collapse of their second summit in Hanoi. We'll take a look.
Any launch would be the first since Kim fired off an intercontinental ballistic missile in November 2017 capable of reaching any USA city and declared his weapons program complete.
"What would the consequences be if we saw another test launch?"
The "ball is in their court", said Bolton, adding that Trump "is ready to make a deal".
"There is a serious risk of drift, and the North Koreans do appear to be sending a signal with the operations at Sohae that, "Yes, we can reverse our nuclear and ballistic missile-testing halt, ' " said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association".
"I'm very proud to be voting for the first time", said 19-year-old university student Kim Ju Gyong, who cast her vote on Sunday morning in Pyongyang.
The Wall Street Journal previewed the report as painting an "especially damning picture of North Korea's ability to evade worldwide sanctions". The State Department's special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, also expressed caution and lamented analysts' apparent willingness to assign too much meaning to the imagery. "The U.S. administration and Congress seem to be in solidarity on taking a hard-line mode on North Korea".
For North Koreans who defect, the South's electoral system was "definitely novel", said Sokeel Park, of campaign group Liberty In North Korea.
"It's one reason why all of the pundits and all of the experts predicting a deal in Hanoi were wrong, because the leverage is on our side right now, not on North Korea's", he said.