Bolton says he won't speculate on North Korean nuclear site

Evarado Alatorre
Марта 14, 2019

Images released last week by Beyond Parallel - part of the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies - showed that North Korea was rebuilding a long-range rocket site at the Sohae Launch Facility.

On Friday, Mr Trump admitted he would be disappointed if North Korea resumed weapons testing. During the summit, Kim committed to dismantling a launch facility. 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.

Donald Trump's national security advisor said Sunday that the USA president would be "pretty disappointed" if North Korea conducted a new missile test, but he refused to confirm reports that such a test may be near.

"They never seem to get around to it, though", he said.

South Korean officials suspect the move is a bluff, but said they hope North Korea makes the decision to keep the diplomacy alive.

Abe has said Japan was committed to normalizing diplomatic relations with North Korea but several issues, including North Korea's kidnapping of its citizens, must be resolved first. However, Trump told reporters that like the Singapore summit, Kim had committed not conducting nuclear or ballistic missile tests.

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The Chosun Ilbo reports that commercial satellite images have revealed trucks moving what are presumed to be missile components from an assembly facility in the suburbs of Pyongyang to the Tongchang-ri missile test site.

He said both North Korea and the U.S. must restrain themselves to keep diplomacy alive and start unofficial contacts to resume talks. He said the Hanoi summit showed how "difficult" and "painful" it will be to achieve denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea favours a more step-by-approach, with Kim proposing dismantling its Yongbyon nuclear complex in exchange for lifting the main sanctions - a notion Trump refused in Hanoi despite the vaunted "chemistry" between the pair.

Trump, who once warned Pyongyang of "fire and fury" if it threatened the U.S., has been trying to negotiate the North's denuclearization with its leader Kim Jong Un, but their recent Hanoi summit ended in failure.

North Korea, which tested its first nuclear weapon in 2003 and its sixth, most recently in September 2017, has long argued that such weapons of mass destruction were necessary to deter a US invasion.

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