Video shows North Korea blowing up Punggye-ri nuclear testing site

Lester Mason
May 25, 2018

"I think the White House realized about a week ago that it was the victim of its own wishful thinking when it came to how the summit would unfold - in particular, its belief that North Korea was somehow veering from its longstanding demand that any concessions on its part be matched in a phased manner by those from the USA", he said. The U.S. should build a coalition of like-minded countries that commit to prohibiting North Korean overseas laborers.

The official China Daily said Trump's "cheeky invitation" for Kim to call or write to set up a meeting, meant the letter did not "slam the door shut on talks" in the future. Their euphoria shifted to unease before sinking into a funk upon learning as they awoke Friday that Trump had canceled the summit, citing hostility in recent North Korean comments. -North Korea talks, Trump suggested it was the Democrats who were against "negotiations" with the rogue regime. The Kim regime likely earns hundreds of millions of dollars a year from the practice, and the United Nations noted the regime uses the revenue for its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

While the Trump administration had insisted on North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear programme, Pyongyang had always couched its language in terms of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Although Chinese state media called for continued engagement between Washington and Pyongyang, Trump's move could mark a split between China and the United States over how to deal with North Korea and its nuclear weapons, experts said.

Both the meetings, he said, laid the ground work for a meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump. More than 20 countries have curtailed and/or ended diplomatic and commercial relationships with North Korea.

Separately, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said the June 12 summit may still take place if diplomats can pull it off. But it is also quite likely Pyongyang miscalculated that Trump was so invested in going through with the summit as planned that such tactics would drive a wedge between him and the hard-liners in his Cabinet. The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, called an emergency meeting just before midnight local time, saying: "I am very perplexed and it is very regrettable that the North Korea-US summit will not be held".

Mr. Trump, in a surprise announcement, said Thursday that he was pulling out of the June 12 summit meeting with Mr. Kim in Singapore.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish his country's nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions Thursday as a small group of foreign journalists watched.

"North Korea summit. For me, it feels like North Korea is more of a normal country, saying it would give the US time and wait", said Yun Hae-ri, a 25-year-old office worker.

With a series of loud blasts, North Korea's only nuclear test site - underground tunnels and surface infrastructure - went up in a cloud of dust.

"It feels like Trump just knocked down all the efforts the two Koreas have put forward for the U.S".

Bremmer fears North Korea could soon being testing intercontinental missiles again. They very much want to do it. Late a year ago, the Trump administration reportedly was close to sanctioning Agricultural Bank of China and China Construction Bank-two of the largest in China with more than a trillion dollars of assets each-but held back for fear of the impact on the global economy. Libya gave up its nuclear program at an early stage only to see its longtime dictator overthrown and brutally killed years later. "We would like to make known to the USA side once again that we have the intent to sit with the USA side to solve problem regardless of ways at any time".

But Trump also threw Moon under the metaphorical bus.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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