US, South Korea to hold talks on North's denuclearization

Clay Curtis
December 7, 2018

According to CNN, the imagery offers evidence the Yeongjeo-dong missile base and a nearby, previously unreported site remain active and have been continuously upgraded. After a series of dubious talks, Trump claimed that he and Kim "fell in love" and that denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula would come "very, very quickly".

In August, a United Nations watchdog warned that North Korea was still working on developing its nuclear arsenal.

Officials from the Pentagon and the State Department told CNN that they could not discuss matters related to national intelligence.

The site's location makes it a strong candidate to receive North Korea's newest long-range missiles, including those that can carry nuclear weapons, according to Lewis and colleague David Schmerler, CNN reported.

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Zhang Baohui, a professor of political science and director of the Centre for Asian Pacific Studies at Hong Kong's Lingnan University, said China was likely to push North Korea to implement denuclearisation, in an effort to show the US Beijing was playing its part. It never said it would. He just doesn't care. Experts believe the sudden addition of Beijing to his itinerary has been prompted by the Xi-Trump meeting. "That'll get everyone to halftime". "They have not lived up to the commitments so far", he told The Wall Street Journal's annual CEO Council conference. "Beijing thinks the summit has [provided momentum] to reverse the deterioration of its relations with Washington, so Beijing is willing to do more to consolidate the results", he said.

Kim announced the dismantlement of a nuclear facility at another site in Nyongbyon at a summit with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in September.

Bolton's comments Tuesday underscored the lack of progress the U.S. has made in moving North Korea closer to the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization Washington is seeking and the concessions it has been making to Pyongyang, even as Trump has stressed the warmth of his relationship with Kim. "Meeting Kim again only validates Kim's strategy of using Trump to play for time and sanctions relief, and keep North Korea on the pathway to becoming a de facto nuclear weapon state", Medeiros told The New York Times.

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