North Korea will maintain nuclear arsenal for decades

Lester Mason
July 13, 2019

During their warm encounter, which included South Korean President Moon Jae-in as well, Trump became the first sitting US president to cross into North Korea.

Russian Federation and China have supported Trump's efforts, though they have appealed for him to adopt a "double-freeze" approach through which the US would suspend all joint exercises with South Korea in exchange for North Korea suspending nuclear tests.

Yonhap quotes its source as saying that "the White House, when working-level talks begin, wants to set the conditions whereby they can begin the process of North Korea's denuclearization", and that the potential deal is important "as it allows the USA and the North to test their intentions and build trust, but in a way that furthers denuclearization and sanctions relief".

The US and North Korea are expected to hold their first working-level talks in five months, following up on Mr Trump's historic June 30 meeting with Mr Kim on the border between the two Koreas. Their February summit ended without a deal as they failed to find common ground over Pyongyang's denuclearization steps and Washington's sanctions relief.

On Friday, an influential Tokyo-based pro-DPRK outlet said the USA would need to take "sincere measures" to build trust between the two countries.

Kim Dong-yub, an analyst from Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said Thursday's statement suggests that North Korea may perform an anti-air missile test, but not a ballistic one that is banned by U.N. Security Council resolutions. "That would never be the end of a process", State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told a regular news briefing.


"Kim had dreamed of becoming the President of North Korea and he effectively made it come true", said Kim Dong-yup, a professor at Kyungnam University's Far East Institute in Seoul.

"So while we don't preview any sort of sanctions from the podium, whether it's adding new ones or taking them away, I will say that I did actually speak to [White House North Korea envoy] Steve Biegun about that, and he categorically denied that".

North Korea has frozen missile and nuclear bomb testing since 2017 but US officials believe it has expanded its arsenal by continuing to produce bomb fuel and missiles.

Ministry of Unification Deputy Spokesperson Kim Eun-han said a media report on the "mass" arrival of North Korean defectors from Thailand was partially incorrect.

"You have a man that was so happy to see me".

Washington also said earlier this week that it did not consider a North Korean nuclear freeze as any type of goal, saying that any suspension of the DPRK's nuclear program and production of fissile material should be the starting point of an agreement. That's a good thing, not a bad thing.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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