N. Korea vows to respond to South's deployment of F-35 jets

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 13, 2019

North Korea's state media described their meeting as "an wonderful event".

The missile, test-fired by the North Korean military in November 2017, is said to have an estimated striking range of 12,875 km (8,000 miles), giving it the theoretical ability to strike the United States from coast to coast.

Until earlier this year, North Korea had urged that United Nations sanctions, aimed at thwarting its nuclear and ballistic missile ambition, be lifted, while claiming that it has started to take concrete measures toward denuclearization.

Despite the warning, it's unclear if North Korean can conduct a major weapons test any time soon because that would likely disrupt a positive atmosphere after the June 30 summit between Trump and Kim at the Korean border village of Panmunjom.

United States and South Korean intelligence have yet to confirm whether the Hwasong-15 can be fitted with a nuclear payload, although it is assumed to be capable of carrying a warhead weighing up to 1,000 kg, and possibly equipped with the ability to carry multiple warheads simultaneously.

"An approach that relies on economic isolation and coercion is unlikely to disarm North Korea and will inhibit efforts to shape the regime's transformation and mitigate its destabilizing behavior", the report said.

In the months since the second U.S. -Korea summit, Kim has also traveled to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and received Chinese President Xi Jinping at home in Pyongyang.

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 statement said the United States and 23 other countries sent a letter to the UN Security Council committee monitoring sanctions on North Korea demanding urgent action 'under the absurd pretext of "excess in the amount of refined petroleum imported"'.

During working-level talks ahead of the failed summit in February, the United States and North Korea, which have no diplomatic relations, had broadly agreed to take steps to improve bilateral ties and establish permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, such as opening a US liaison office in Pyongyang.

The administration of President Bill Clinton, in a 1994 agreement with North Korea, stated, "The U.S. will provide formal assurances to the DPRK, against the threat or use of nuclear weapons by the U.S".

Pyongyang's capacity to strike anywhere in the mainland United States with its Hwaesong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile was confirmed this week in a defense white paper from the United States Forces Korea.

State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus on Tuesday described a nuclear freeze as the first step toward an end goal of complete denuclearization.

"I don't think that the administration has ever characterized a freeze as being the end goal".

Mount said that an overall lack of strategy and Trump's emphasis on spectacle rather than substance has hindered the negotiation process.

But Kim might already have gotten from Trump everything he wanted, all without giving away anything. "They can and they should do it now".

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