Pyongyang has promised to deliver a “Christmas gift” if there is no progress on easing up on sanctions. But any movement on that front seems nearly impossible at this stage considering talks with Washington have stalled and the North Korean regime is once again insulting Trump regularly. As tensions with North Korea increase, and especially if there is a test around the holidays, it would mark a huge blow to one of President Donald Trump’s major foreign policy initiatives. And it would happen right as he gears up for the presidential campaign.
„As you do that step by step, that’s in essence how you develop some trust that lets you go to the final goal, which is elimination of nuclear weapons and the means to produce them, and integration of North Korea into the community of nations and the international economic system,“ he added.
Hecker was in Seoul to attend a forum on geopolitics and the denuclearization of the North hosted by the Korean National Diplomatic Academy and the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network.
„I’d be surprised if North Korea acted hostilely,“ Trump was quoted as telling reporters at the White House. „He knows I have an election coming up. I don’t think he wants to interfere with that. But we’ll have to see.“
The remark came as the North has increased pressure on the United States to meet its demand for a new negotiating proposal by year’s end, strongly suggesting that otherwise, it could restart testing of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
The U.N. bans North Korea from launching satellites because it is considered a forbidden test of long-range missile technology.
After repeated failures, North Korea successfully put a satellite into orbit for the first time in 2012 in a launch from the same site. North Korea had another successful satellite launch in 2016.
France, Germany and the United Kingdom said in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres circulated Wednesday that Iran was developing „nuclear-capable ballistic missiles,“ which they say is in violation of a Securiy Council resolution endorsing the 2015 nuclear deal.
The letter cites footage released on social media April 22, 2019, ..
Mit der chinesischen Seite hätten die USA das Thema während der laufenden Handelsgespräche angesprochen. China sei „begeistert“ darüber gewesen. „In dieser Hinsicht können einige sehr gute Dinge geschehen.“
The test launch was carried out to check the readiness and flight performance of the missile, the ministry said in a statement.
The Topol-M entered service in 1997 and has a range of some 11,000 kilometres (6,800 miles).
Auf Anordnung des Weissen Hauses hat U.S.-Verteidigungsminister Patrick Shanahan verschiedene Kassen des Pentagons „geplündert“ und zusätzlich 1,5 Milliarden U.S.-Dollar aus dem Etat für diese Mauer entnommen.
Kim reviewed the procession from a balcony in Kim Il Sung Square, alongside other senior officials, including Li Zhanshu, a special envoy sent by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Kim and Li locked hands and raised arms at the end of the event.
Ein kommerzieller Satellit habe am 1. September Aufnahmen erstellt, aus denen hervorgeht, dass die Anlagen in der Autofabrik „16. März“ in Pyongsong vollständig verschwunden seien. Auch Satellitenfotos von Planet Labs ließen keine Spuren der ICBM-Montage-Anlagen mehr erkennen, berichtete „Voice of America“ am Donnerstag. Dort hatte Nordkorea im November letzten Jahres die ballistische Interkontinental-Rakete des Typs Hwasong-15 abgefeuert.
Der US-Auslandsdienst Voice of America (VOA) berichtete, dass er Satellitenaufnahmen von der 16. März-Fabrik, einer Automobilfabrik in Pyongsong, vom 20., 21. und 24. Juli mit Aufnahmen vom 30. Juni verglichen habe. Ein Gelände, auf dem sich früher eine Montagewerkstatt für Raketen befunden habe, stehe leer.
(14. May) The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation expressed concerns about the Monday morning’s test.
”When it comes to ballistic missile tests, the U.S. continues to operate on a hypocritical double standard,” said David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.(…)
Another Minuteman test occurred on April 25, after the military called off tests that had been planned near the Olympic Games in South Korea.