World North Korea Builds Missile Monuments Before Trump Meet

08:00  14 march  2018
08:00  14 march  2018 Source:   Newsweek

Trump tells Gridiron: North Korea 'called up' and 'would like to talk'

  Trump tells Gridiron: North Korea 'called up' and 'would like to talk' President Donald Trump said in his speech to the mostly joke-filled Gridiron Club Dinner on Saturday night that North Korea had recently reached out about possible talks. "They called up a couple of days ago and said, 'We would like to talk,'" Trump said. "And I said, 'So would we, but you have to de-nuke. You have to de-nuke.' So let's see what happens. Let's see what happens."The US has said it would be willing to meet with North Korea but has always insisted that Pyongyang eventually abandon its nuclear weapons program as part of any talks. Trump later said "maybe positive things are happening. I hope that's true. ..

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North Korea has apparently begun building monuments to the recently developed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) that placed the U.S. within the country's trajectory for the first time ever, according to satellite imagery and expert analysis.

David Schmerler, a research associate at the Monterey, California-based James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, shared on Saturday overhead photographs of what appeared to be a monument being constructed at the site of the November Hwasong-15 ICBM launch and two more at the site of both of Hwasong-14's launches in July. The tests were the culmination of decades of military development initiated by Kim's grandfather, inherited by his father and rapidly accelerated since Kim took over in 2011.

White House clarifies Trump-North Korea 'call'

  White House clarifies Trump-North Korea 'call' <p>The White House said Monday that Donald Trump had been referring to a call with South Korea's leader when he appeared to suggest a landmark direct contact with the nuclear North.</p>Trump raised eyebrows at a Washington media dinner on Saturday when he said "they, by the way, called up a couple of days ago and said 'we would like to talk.

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As President Donald Trump credited his own "maximum pressure" campaign with allowing him to potentially become the first sitting U.S. president to meet a North Korean supreme leader, Kim appeared to be gloating in the unprecedented success of the ballistic missile program rival South Korea claimed Kim would be willing to give up in exchange for peace.

North Korea and U.S.-backed South Korea have feuded since the earliest years of the Cold War that pitted them against one another in a three-year conflict in the early 1950s. North Korea's ruling Kim dynasty has long sought to develop nuclear weapons and ICBMs capable of delivering them as an effective deterrent against potential U.S. military action.

Trump-Kim summit fans Japan fears of being sidelined on North Korea

  Trump-Kim summit fans Japan fears of being sidelined on North Korea <p>U.S. President Donald Trump's agreement to meet North Korea's leader looked likely to fan Japanese angst over being sidelined, although Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday there was no diplomatic daylight between Tokyo and Washington.</p>Trump has agreed to meet Kim Jong Un by May in response to an invitation from the North Korean leader, a potentially dramatic breakthrough in the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.

North Korea tested its first nuclear weapon in 2006, but it wasn't until last summer that the youngest Kim managed to oversee his country's first ICBM launch. It was followed by a second launch of what was referred to in North Korean state media as the Hwasong-14, and in November, a Hwasong-15 that traveled more than 10 times higher than the International Space Station. The entire U.S., including major cities such as New York and Washington, D.C., are potentially within the range of the latest weapon.

These launches, along with a hydrogen bomb test in September, came despite Trump's vows to halt Kim's nuclear ambitions. Trump has responded to North Korea by slapping the reclusive, militarized state with intense sanctions and holding frequent military exercises with nearby U.S. allies South Korea and Japan. In a rare sign of de-escalation, these drills were put on hold as even rarer inter-Korean talks were held surrounding the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

Trump: Without me 'Olympics would have been a total failure'

  Trump: Without me 'Olympics would have been a total failure' President Trump took credit for the success of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday. During a campaign rally for state Rep. Rick Saccone (R), who is running for Congress, Trump also took credit for a lessened threat of nuclear attack surrounding the games."I'll tell you, we did a great job on the Olympics," Trump said. "President Moon of South Korea said without Donald Trump the Olymp ics would have been a total failure.""It's a little hard to sell tickets when you think you are going to be nuked," he added.

The dialogue, one of many that all previously failed, produced never-before-seen diplomatic exchanges, including Kim's own sister traveling to South Korea, and a high-level South Korean presidential delegation visiting Kim in Pyongyang. Perhaps most shocking, however, was that delegation's revelation last week that Kim had invited Trump for direct talks—and that Trump had accepted. The Republican leader said he would meet Kim by May.

Kim and Trump's unpredictable approaches to diplomacy have made it difficult for observers to ascertain their motives. Both of their governments have steadfastly refused to make concessions, but South Korea has claimed Kim was ready to freeze his missile launches and ultimately denuclearize completely if his country's security could be guaranteed. North Korea has previously indicated its nuclear weapons were only necessary to defend against a hostile U.S. government.

These weapons of mass destruction are a vital talking point in North Korean propaganda, as well as part of Kim's national defense strategy. Kim has yet to formally announce a shift in his nuclear-armed stance, as the U.S. reportedly scheduled the resumption of military drills on the Korean Peninsula and Trump suddenly removed Rex Tillerson in exchange for a more hardline CIA Director Mike Pompeo as head of the State Department.

There is 'no way' North Korea could trust the US and give up its nuclear weapons .
<p>While the prospect of negotiations between North Korea and the US are beginning to look very promising, experts say there is "no way" North Korea trusts the US and would ever sign off on its nuclear weapons program.</p>Load Error

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