Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

North Korea nuclear THREAT: Kim poised to RESTART rocket tests, Trump warned

North Korea nuclear THREAT: Kim poised to RESTART rocket tests, Trump warned

Satellite imagery has revealed activity at a North Korea rocket site, though United States officials say there's no signs yet that Pyongyang is preparing to restart testing.

"Let me start by saying the obvious - that diplomacy is still very much alive", Stephen Biegun said at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington, DC on Monday. "I want to make it clear that the gangster-like stand of the US will eventually put the situation in danger". "Sometimes you have to walk, this was just one of those times", Trump said of his early departure from the summit, insisting he was in no rush to strike a deal.

Kim had committed multiple times to Trump in Hanoi that he would not to resume nuclear or missile testing, Pompeo said.

In Washington this week, U.S. special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, said the United States expected to be able to continue its close engagement, though he offered no specifics on when new talks might be held. North Korea has always been good at throwing brushback pitches, spiking up hostile statements while looking for diplomatic openings.

North Korea is considering breaking off negotiations with the USA and resuming nuclear and missile tests, following last month's summit in Vietnam that ended early and without an agreement, a government official said. Bolton said in any case Trump "is our decision-maker". Following the meeting, Trump said the North had demanded full sanctions relief in return for dismantling a limited portion of its nuclear weapons program.

Kim Yong-hyun, a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University, says Kim Jong Un's message may be an indication the North Korean leader was indirectly expressing a willingness to continue talking to U.S. President Trump if Washington took action to bridge the gap between the two sides.

The spokeswoman said the ministry had not confirmed why the North Korean officials decided not to attend.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, meanwhile, said earlier this week that Trump left the Vietnam summit without striking a deal with Kim because he didn't feel that what was on the table was enough.

The second Trump-Kim summit broke down over differences about US demands for Pyongyang to denuclearize and North Korea's demand for dramatic relief from worldwide sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile tests, which it pursued for years in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

"It's the administration's desire that we continue to have conversations around this", Pompeo said.

Pompeo and Bolton both offered swift, and not terribly concerned, responses to Choe's remarks.

Choe further said she expects Kim to soon "clarify his position" on the launch and test moratorium, the Associated Press reported.

"I'm not sure why the USA came out with this different description", Choe said.

Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he had "no update" on North Korea, but said he seemed to "have a very good relationship" with the country's officials. "I have every expectation that we'll be able to continue to do that".

Administration officials portrayed the invitation as a victory for Trump's policy of "maximum pressure" and stressed that the USA would not relax its stringent sanctions regime before North Korea began disarming.

"At this time, they (North Korea) are willing to reform and become more open, which requires sanctions being lifted, but they also need to show their willingness to denuclearize and are urging the USA president to take action", he said. But those meetings broke down after the USA demanded a full declaration of North Korea's nuclear inventory up front - a "gangster-like demand", according to the regime.

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