Trump praises rapport with Kim, hails dismantling of N.Korea site

Trump praises rapport with Kim, hails dismantling of N.Korea sitePraising his “good relationship” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday welcomed reports that Pyongyang has started dismantling a facility seen as a testing ground for intercontinental ballistic missiles. New satellite imagery shows “that North Korea has begun the process of dismantling a key missile site, and we appreciate that,” Trump said at an event for military veterans in Kansas City, Missouri. Hitting back at criticism that his June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore has so far yielded few concrete results, Trump suggested his newfound rapport with Kim was bearing fruit.


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Pompeo says North Korea dismantling test site consistent with commitments by Pyongyang

Pompeo says North Korea dismantling test site consistent with commitments by PyongyangReports that Pyongyang has started dismantling facilities at a test site used to develop engines for ballistic missiles were “entirely consistent with the commitment” made by North Korea’s leader at a June summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday. “We’ve been pressing for there to be inspectors on the ground when that engine test facility is dismantled, consistent with Mr. Kim’s commitment,” Pompeo said at a news briefing following meetings with his Australian counterpart. Asked what further steps were needed by North Korea following the June 12 summit in Singapore between Kim Jong Un and Trump, Pompeo added: “They need to completely, fully denuclearize.


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North Korea is dismantling missile facilities, but nuclear expert warns against getting 'drunk on optimism'

  1. North Korea is dismantling missile facilities, but nuclear expert warns against getting ‘drunk on optimism’  ABC News
  2. North Korea Dismantling Key Launch Site Facilities, Says US Group  Bloomberg
  3. Report says images indicate North Korea is dismantling missile engine testing facilities  CNBC
  4. How can Trump find out if North Korea is serious about disarmament? Make them an offer they can’t refuse  Fox News
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North Korea Dismantling Key Missile Test Facility, Report Says

  1. North Korea Dismantling Key Missile Test Facility, Report Says  Bloomberg
  2. Report says images indicate North Korea dismantling test site facilities  Reuters
  3. North Korea removes key facilities at missile launching station  UPI.com
  4. Donald Trump’s threats against Iran part of a strategy that worked with North Korea  ABC News
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North Korea's 'dismantling of ballistic missile test site facilities' draws wary response from experts

North Korea's 'dismantling of ballistic missile test site facilities' draws wary response from expertsSatellite images indicate North Korea has begun dismantling key facilities at a site used to develop engines for ballistic missiles, in a first step toward fulfilling a pledge made to US President Donald Trump at a June summit, a Washington-based think tank said on Monday. The July 20 images showed work at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station to dismantle a building used to assemble space-launch vehicles and a nearby rocket engine test stand used to develop liquid-fuel engines for ballistic missiles and space-launch vehicles, the 38 North think tank said. “Since these facilities are believed to have played an important role in the development of technologies for the North’s intercontinental ballistic missile programme, these efforts represent a significant confidence-building measure on the part of North Korea,” it said in a report. Mr Trump told a news conference after his unprecedented June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that Mr Kim had promised that a major missile engine testing site would be destroyed very soon. Mr Trump did not identify the site, but a US official subsequently told Reuters that it was Sohae. North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at a rocket-engine test center, a group of experts said Credit: AFP The 38 North report comes amid growing questions about North Korea’s willingness to live up to the commitments Kim made at the summit, particularly to work towards denuclearization. US officials have repeatedly said North Korea has committed to giving up a nuclear weapons programme that now threatens the United States, but Pyongyang has offered no details as to how it might go about this. Jenny Town, managing editor of 38 North, which is based at Washington’s Stimson Centre, said the work at Sohae could be an important move to keep negotiations going. “This could (and that’s a big could) mean that North Korea is also willing to forgo satellite launches for the time being as well as nuclear and missile tests. This distinction has derailed diplomacy in the past,” she said. The move potentially marks a significant step after last month’s summit between Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump Credit: AFP Experts expressed caution over the significance of the move. “Dismantling the engine test stand is a good move, but about the bare minimum that can be done at the site,” said Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in California.  “Unless they dismantle the whole site, it will remain it will remain North Korea’s premier location for space launches.” She added: “North Korea does not need the Sohae engine test stand anymore if it is confident in the engine design. As Kim Jong-un said himself, North Korea is moving from testing to mass production.” Instead, we should be looking for DPRK locations where MORE missiles and the means to launch them (TELs) are being assembled. 6/— Melissa Hanham (@mhanham) July 23, 2018 On Friday, senior US officials called on Kim to act on his promise to give up his nuclear weapons and said the world, including China and Russia, must continued to enforce sanctions on Pyongyang until he does so. On Monday, the US State Department issued an advisory together with the departments of Treasury and Homeland Security alerting businesses to North Korea’s sanctions-evasion tactics. It said they should “implement effective due diligence policies, procedures, and internal controls to ensure compliance with applicable legal requirements across their entire supply chains.” In a tweet early on Monday, Mr Trump rejected “Fake News” that he was angry because progress was not happening fast enough with North Korea. “Wrong, very happy!” he said in the Tweet. A Rocket has not been launched by North Korea in 9 months. Likewise, no Nuclear Tests. Japan is happy, all of Asia is happy. But the Fake News is saying, without ever asking me (always anonymous sources), that I am angry because it is not going fast enough. Wrong, very happy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018 A report in The Washington Post at the weekend said that in spite of positive assessments Mr Trump has given on progress with North Korea, he has vented anger at aides over a lack of immediate progress. Last week, Mr Trump said there was “no rush” and “no time limit” on denuclearization negotiations. US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said on Thursday it was technically possible for North Korea to eliminate its nuclear weapons program within a year, but added that it was not likely to happen. 


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North Korea Dismantling Key Launch Site Facilities, Says US Group

  1. North Korea Dismantling Key Launch Site Facilities, Says US Group  Bloomberg
  2. North Korea reportedly dismantling key missile launch site  New York Post
  3. North Korea Starts Dismantling Key Missile Facilities, Report Says  New York Times
  4. How can Trump find out if North Korea is serious about disarmament? Make them an offer they can’t refuse  Fox News
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Satellite Images Indicate North Korea Has Started Dismantling Primary Nuclear Test Site

  1. Satellite Images Indicate North Korea Has Started Dismantling Primary Nuclear Test Site  Wall Street Journal
  2. North Korea begins dismantling key test site, satellite imagery suggests  Washington Post
  3. Satellite images show North Korea has begun dismantling key test site  CNN
  4. In private, Trump vents frustration over lack of progress on North Korea  Washington Post
  5. The beautification of Kim Jong Un  The Boston Globe
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North Korea says nuclear dismantling a 'step-by-step' process with US rewards along the way

  1. North Korea says nuclear dismantling a ‘step-by-step’ process with US rewards along the way  Washington Post
  2. Trump Played Kim Jong Un This Crazily Intense Video at Meeting  Daily Beast
  3. Trump stokes confusion with pledge to halt Korean war games  The Hill
  4. How Donald Trump Got Played By a Ruthless Dictator  RollingStone.com
  5. Donald Trump’s big fail on North Korea: He didn’t prepare and he got played  USA TODAY
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North Korea says it's dismantling its nuclear test site. How significant is that?

  1. North Korea says it’s dismantling its nuclear test site. How significant is that?  Washington Post
  2. Fate of 12 North Korean Waitresses Strains Moon-Kim Detente  Wall Street Journal
  3. News Daily: Trump’s doubts over summit and Javid reaches out  BBC News
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