White House: North Korea presents 'unusual and extraordinary threat'

Is Kim trading a war-games suspension for sanctions relief in Beijing?

Is Kim trading a war-games suspension for sanctions relief in Beijing?

The president, upon returning from his summit in Singapore last week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said Pyongyang "no longer" posed a nuclear threat.

A USA official said on Wednesday that the site Trump referred to then was the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground, a major facility in the western part of the country that has been used for testing engines for long-range missiles.

The pivot to economic reform was championed by leader Kim Jong Un in the DPRK's May 2016 congress and has seen posters promoting North Korea's missile and nuclear capabilities replaced with ones advocating for increased industrial production.

Aside from uncertainty over when North Korea will return the remains it has collected over the years, it's unclear whether all will be in a condition to permit their positive identification, or whether they all are even Americans.

According to sources here on Thursday, the authorities of Xian, the capital of Shaanxi Province, have recently chose to open a direct aviation route to Pyongyang, the North's capital, in July this year.

President Trump announced at a cabinet meeting on Thursday that North Korea's process of total denuclearization "has already started, " citing the destruction of an engine site and four big testing sites for their missile program.

The president's comments, however, ran counter to remarks Defense Secretary James Mattis made the day before.

Foreign Minister Kang called the cancellations "good-faith measures", but said the exercises could be reinstated if North Korea failed to live up to its agreements. "I'm not aware of any. Detailed negotiations have not begun". They're blowing it up.

Researchers are debating the significance of that promise.

"President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most unsafe problem", he tweeted.

A propaganda poster blaming U.S. and hostile countries' sanction is seen in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 17, 2017.

"If they were dismantling more facilities at Sohae, such as the launch pad itself, that would be a very big development, as Sohae is their main satellite launch facility". China accounts for around 90 percent of North Korea's trade and has traditionally been its primary diplomatic conduit to the outside world. "But this is obviously a big if".

Trump said at a Cabinet meeting in the White House that "They've stopped the sending of missiles, including ballistic missiles". In fact, it was actually 4 of their big test sites.

In May, prior to the summit, North Korea demolished tunnels at its sole underground nuclear test site, although outsiders have not inspected the result. It is said to be the same plane used to carry luggage and other necessary equipment for Kim's trip to Singapore for his summit with Trump last week.

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