A group of American analysts say they have identified at least 13 of an estimated 20 undeclared missile bases inside North Korea. The report locates the bases and describes them in detail, and says that satellite images suggest some maintenance and infrastructure improvements have been carried out at the sites despite ongoing international negotiations over North Korea’s denuclearisation. South Korean officials sought to play down the report, by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), saying its own intelligence agencies were already aware of all the bases named. And a spokesman for South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in said it would be wrong to characterise the missile bases as a “deception” on North Korea’s part, saying that neither declaring them nor shutting them down was a part of an agreement reached between the two countries in September. The sites identified in the CSIS report are scattered in remote, mountainous … [Read more...] about US analysts identify 13 ‘hidden’ North Korea missile bases
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White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday he believed the bulk of North Korea's nuclear programme could be dismantled within a year, as US media reported that the hermit nation had recently increased production for nuclear weapons. Mr Bolton also told CBS's "Face the Nation" that Washington was going into nuclear negotiations aware of Pyongyang's failure to live up to its promises in the past. "There's not any starry-eyed feeling among the group doing this," he said. "We're well aware of what the North Koreans have done in the past." Mr Bolton also said: "Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be discussing this with the North Koreans in the near future about really how to dismantle all of their WMD and ballistic missile programs in a year." North Korea agreed at a summit with the US in June to "work toward denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula," but the joint statement signed by Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, and Donald Trump, the US … [Read more...] about John Bolton says North Korea nuclear programme could be dismantled within a year
China, Japan and South Korea have agreed to cooperate on ending North Korea’s nuclear programme and promoting free trade.The agreements came at the first summit for the north-east Asian neighbours after a hiatus of more than two years, bringing together Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese premier Li Keqiang and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.Mr Abe said they discussed how they can get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, but he did not provide any details.China and Japan, in particular, have differences over how best to achieve North Korea’s nuclear disarmament.The meeting comes amid a flurry of developments on the Korean Peninsula. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Mr Moon on April 27 and Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this week, in a surprise visit to the Chinese coastal city of Dalian. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo flew to Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, early on Wednesday to finalise details of a summit planned between US President … [Read more...] about Japan, China and South Korea agree to cooperate on North Korea nuclear programme
The agreements came at a meeting in Tokyo with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese premier Li Keqiang and South Korean president Moon Jae-in. It was the first such trilateral summit since November 2015. Mr Abe reiterated Japan's position that it would normalise ties with North Korea only if the latter took concrete steps toward abandoning its nuclear and missile programmes and resolved the issue of Japanese abducted by North Korean agents. A Japanese official said the leaders agreed to work toward both a free trade pact among themselves and the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership with Southeast Asian nations. … [Read more...] about Japan, China and South Korea agree to work together on North Korean missile programme
Friday’s historic inter-Korean summit is already oozing with overloaded symbolism, from subtle touches in the meeting room décor to the meticulously planned menu designed to evoke memories of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s more carefree childhood in Switzerland. A painting portraying the soft blue and purple hues of North Korea’s Mount Kumgang will loom over the second floor meeting room in the Peace House on the demilitarised borderzone between North and South where the nations’ two leaders will sit on chairs etched with carvings of their shared peninsula. Kim Jong-un will step south of the border at 9.30am (2.30am BST), the first North Korean leader ever to do so. In tow will be his younger sister, Kim Yo-jong and, reported The Washington Post, his personal portaloo, to safeguard sensitive data about his health. But as they sit across a grand oval wooden table - exactly 2,018 millimetres apart - and later enjoy a banquet of … [Read more...] about Could the North Korea summit really convince Kim Jong-un to give up his nuclear weapons?