As Sanctions on N. Korea Remain, Kim’s Economic Development Goals May Recede

Clay Curtis
March 14, 2019

Q4 Now this comes at a time when there have been reports that North Korea could take provocative action following satellite imagery showing fix work being done at its Dongchang-ri missile test site.

North Korea's election has resulted in the expected landslide win for its authoritarian leadership - but in a big first for the country, Kim Jong-un does not appear to have been on the ballot.

This satellite image provided by 2019 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company, shows the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in North Korea, on March 2, 2019.

Bolton spoke on ABC's This Week, regarding reports based on imagery from commercial satellites analysed by nongovernmental groups which suggested Pyongyang was continuing work and had been doing so before Trump and Kim Jong-un's summit in Vietnam last month. The report says Pyeongyang has been accelerating its imports of petroleum products through illicit ship-to-ship transfers, . while stepping up its coal exports.

In the interim, the official said, the administration's maximum pressure through sanctions policy will "be maintained and, if the president decides, the sanctions will be increased".

Gause said, "It will definitely make it more hard for [South Korean President Moon Jae-in] to just provide concessions to North Korea with the United States taking a hardline following Hanoi".

Referring to an anti-democratic law that was abolished in 1988, Lee said Na should be referred to the parliament's ethics committee.

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The North's official news agency KCNA said on Tuesday that this year's turnout was 99.99%, as those "abroad or working in oceans" were unable to participate.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho later said his side had offered to "permanently and completely dismantle all the nuclear production facilities" at its main complex in Yongbyon if the United States dropped sanctions "that hamper the civilian economy and the livelihood of our people".

"Kim has been clear and consistent from his first meeting with (Chinese President) Xi (Jinping) in Beijing that North Korea wants to move forward in a 'phased synchronous process, '" said Manning. North Korea has repeatedly rejected accusations of rights abuses.

Stanton said Congress will likely look for ways to make sanctions stronger now that North Korea has demonstrated its unwillingness at the Hanoi summit to agree to US demands on denuclearization.

Japan also worries that its crucial issue of the fate of its citizens abducted by North Korean agents will take a back seat to nuclear and missile issues in U.S. "In other countries they select and vote for candidates from different parties with different political views", Mr Ri said.

The US side has included North Korea's chemical and biological weapons in the negotiations with Pyongyang. "You need to go out to Chinese banks that continue to launder money for North Korea".

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