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'Treasured sword': North Korea seen as reliant as ever on nuclear arsenal as talks stall

14.11.2018 20:13


Just as the United States has doubled down on its sanctions on Pyongyang, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has not retreated from his pledge to expand his operational force of nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles, increasing his leverage under any still-elusive denuclearization deal. A U.S. think tank said on Monday it had identified at least 13 of an estimated 20 active, undeclared missile bases inside North Korea, underscoring the challenge for American negotiators hoping to persuade Kim to give up his weapons programs. As time goes by, North Korea's likely expansion of its arsenal could force Washington to rethink its insistence on full denuclearization, said Moon Hong-sik, a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Strategy in Seoul.

From: www.yahoo.com

China appears to relax North Korea sanctions: report to U.S. Congress

14.11.2018 18:38

A U.S. congressional commission said on Wednesday that China appears to have relaxed enforcement of sanctions on North Korea and called on the Treasury Department to provide a report on Chinese compliance within 180 days.

From: feeds.reuters.com

China appears to relax North Korea sanctions: Report to US Congress

14.11.2018 18:37

A US congressional commission said on Wednesday (Nov 14) that China appears to have relaxed enforcement of sanctions on North Korea and called on the Treasury Department to provide a report on Chinese compliance within 180 days.

From: www.straitstimes.com

US faces growing risks from China: Report

14.11.2018 16:00

November 15, 2018 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON • The United States should be wary of expanding risks from China, including threats to the technology supply chain, Beijing's military expansion in the Indo-Pacific region, and the country's efforts to undermine sanctions on North Korea, according to an annual report by a bipartisan congressional panel.

From: www.straitstimes.com

Trump scoffs at report North Korea has undeclared nuclear sites

14.11.2018 16:00

November 15, 2018 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON • President Donald Trump played down concern about a new report that identified 13 undeclared North Korean missile bases, saying that the US was fully aware of them and suggesting that negotiations with the country remain on track.

From: www.straitstimes.com

US should be wary of China's supply chain threat, panel says

14.11.2018 0:25

November 14, 2018 1:25 PM
WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - The US faces expanding risks from China, including threats to the technology supply chain, Beijing's military expansion in the Indo-Pacific region and the country's efforts to undermine sanctions on North Korea, according to an annual report by a bipartisan congressional panel.

From: www.straitstimes.com

North Korea maintaining more than a dozen missile launch sites, photos show

14.11.2018 0:11


Donald Trump portrayed the June summit with Kim Jong-un as a breakthrough. North Korea is maintaining more than a dozen missile launch sites, according to new research, in a further sign that the summit diplomacy pursued by Kim Jong-un has not led to any significant disarmament. Donald Trump and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, have portrayed the US president’s June summit with Kim in Singapore as an unprecedented breakthrough, and pointed to the partial dismantling of a nuclear test site and a missile engine test area as signs of progress towards North Korean disarmament.

From: www.yahoo.com

S. Korea sends tangerines to North in return for mushrooms

13.11.2018 23:11


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has airlifted 200 tons of tangerines to North Korea in return for shipments of pine mushrooms by the North in September, officials said Monday.

From: www.yahoo.com

In factory after factory, Kim tries to grow N. Korea economy

13.11.2018 20:34

For North Korean factory managers, a visit by leader Kim Jong Un is the highest of honors and quite possibly the most stressful event imaginable.

From: feeds.foxbusiness.com

New Report Finds North Korea Has Continued To Develop Its Missile Capabilities

13.11.2018 17:55

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Victor Cha of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who co-authored the report that found North Korea is still developing its ballistic missile capabilities at several test sites.

From: www.npr.org

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