North Korea may ready rocket launch, blames US for summit flop

North Korea may ready rocket launch, blames US for summit flop

But we'll see what happens. Unless re-elected, Trump's term will end in January 2021.

Even as Washington increasingly turns its attention toward next year's presidential election, the administration exhumed a goal that has always been buried and seen as unrealistic by experts: the total denuclearization of North Korea by the end of Mr Trump's term in 2021.

The senior State Department official who briefed reporters on Thursday declined to say whether there had been direct contact between the sides since the summit.

Following the stalemate, researchers said this week that Pyongyang was rebuilding the Sohae long-range rocket site after Kim had agreed previous year to shut it as part of confidence-building measures.

An article from 38 North, a website specialising in North Korea studies, cited commercial satellite imagery as suggesting the rebuild started sometime between 16 February and 2 March.

The move comes after 38 North, a website specializing in North Korea studies, published satellite images showing the regime restored a rocket launch site it had previously dismantled as part of its disarmament pledge a year ago.

In Hanoi, Donald Trump overturned the widely held assumption he would be willing to settle for an interim agreement on North Korea's denuclearization.

"It's a very early report".

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Joel Wit, a North Korea proliferation expert who helped negotiate with North Korea in the mid-1990s, said the new work at Sohae is Kim's way of showing that he's "getting impatient with lack of progress in negotiations".

A new satellite launch would be, in the administration's view, "inconsistent with the commitments the North Koreans have made". Problem is, some of the technologies are the same.

Lewis said it was impossible to know if North Korea is preparing a military missile or a space rocket.

"There's never been a surprise launch from Sohae", Hanham says.

Tokyo has backed Trump after the Hanoi meeting for not compromising with Kim too easily, but Japan's attitude to stricter sanctions is far from clear. For now, discussions with North Korea will be conducted by their subordinates.

He said North Korea will also want to see if South Korea will support its position more strongly. While the USA and South Korea have canceled their annual large-scale war games, Washington is poised to consider strengthening its sanctions on Pyongyang unless progress is made on denuclearization.

"He's the right man who can actively embody the president's vision for a new Korean peninsula, a new peace and cooperation community, by carrying out the Unification Ministry's main policy tasks without a hitch and implementing inter-Korean agreements in a speedy manner", said Moon's spokesman. But he added: "The differences have been narrowed". The U.S. wanted more action by Pyongyang on hidden nuclear facilities, as well as warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles that could deliver them to the American mainland.

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