(Vladivostok, Russia-AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the future of peace on the Korean Peninsula depends on the attitude of the U.S.
North Korean state media reports that during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kim blamed the U.S. for acting in “bad faith” at the failed second summit between Kim and President Trump. Kim described the situation on the Korean Peninsula as being at a standstill since the February meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The North Korean leader also looked forward to meeting with Putin again and invited him to visit North Korea.
(Pyongyang-AP) — North Korean state media says the country’s military has tested a new “tactical guided weapon.” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly supervised what he called an event of “very weighty significance.”
The country’s state media says the new weapon system will boost the defense capabilities of the North Korean military. There’s no word on the exact type of weapon that was tested.
(Washington, DC-AP) – Security experts say North Korea appears to be rebuilding a key long-range rocket site after last month’s failed summit. The Center for Strategic and International Studies says recent satellite imagery shows rapid progress at a test site that was shutdown last August.
The site on North Korea’s west coast has been used in the past for satellite launches which use ICBM technology. The center’s findings suggest North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may plan to demonstrate resolve after President Trump rejected demands to lift economic sanctions.
(Washington, DC) – North Korea may still be building new missiles that could carry nuclear warheads. The Washington Post reports that U.S. intelligence agencies have seen evidence that the North was recently working on one or two intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The construction is reportedly taking place at a factory where North Korea has previously made missiles that can reach the East Coast of the U.S. The U.S. and North Korea are currently working on plans for the possibility of North
(Washington, DC) – U.S. intelligence officials reportedly have evidence that North Korea is looking for ways to conceal its nuclear weapons stockpile. “The Washington Post” reports that Pyongyang is preparing to deceive the U.S. about how many nukes it has while maintaining secret weapons production facilities.
The report says the new information was obtained following the historic June 12th Singapore summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In that meeting, Kim re-iterated earlier promises to work towards denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
(SL) – Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says North Korea is not dismantling its nuclear weapons program.
The Pentagon chief told reporters yesterday he isn’t aware of any steps North Korea is taking to begin taking apart its nuclear weapons or missiles and he doesn’t expect it in the near future.
President Trump said, after his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week, that the isolated Stalinist state either had or would soon begin destroying a missile engine testing site. Mattis said yesterday that isn’t happening.
(SW) – Former NBA star and friend to Kim Jong Un will reportedly be in Singapore next week while President Trump holds a summit with the North Korean leader.
He’ll apparently arrive a day before the June 12th meeting but it’s not clear what he’s planning on doing. Rodman has visited the isolated North Korea five times over the years, on different occasions singing “Happy Birthday” to Kim and presenting a copy of Trump’s “Art of the Deal.”
Rodman told TMZ he doesn’t want to take the credit for the current move toward dialogue between the two countries.
(Pyongyang) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is planning a trip to Pyongyang to meet with North Korean lead Kim Jong Un. North Korean state media Sunday reported the planned meeting, which comes after Assad received the credentials of the North Korean ambassador to Syria.
The U.N. has accused North Korea of working with Syria on chemical weapons, something both nations deny. Depending on when the meeting takes place, it could be the first time Kim publicly meets with a foreign head of state in Pyongyang since taking power in 2011. A planned summit between Kim and President Trump is set for June 12th in Singapore.
In related news, the White House is in the early stages of organizing a summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “The Wall Street Journal” reported that the effort aims at resolving differences about nuclear weapons, Syria and Ukraine.
U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has reportedly been working for months to make the meeting happen. The two leaders have met twice before during other international gatherings.
(Washington, DC) – Rudy Giuliani is walking back claims he made Thursday that the release of three Americans being held in North Korea was imminent. Giuliani, a member of President Trump’s legal team and the former mayor of New York City, on Thursday told “Fox and Friends” that the release was happening that day.
He told reporters Saturday that he doesn’t know the status of the men and the less said about it, the better. He said that it’s being worked on and that he’s reading the newspapers like everyone else.
The White House said that a release would be a sign of goodwill ahead of a planned meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
(Pyongyang) — North Korea is warning the U.S. and other nations that support a new round of UN sanctions they will pay a heavy price. A statement from North Korea’s foreign ministry on Sunday criticized the actions and claimed the U.S. is intimidated by North Korea’s nuclear power.
In the statement issued through the country’s official news agency, it warns the U.S. that if it wishes to live safely, “it must abandon its hostile policy” toward North Korea and called the sanctions an act of war.
The UN Security Council last week unanimously approved the sanctions prompted by North Korea’s continued testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the sanctions will choke North Korea’s energy supplies and result in tighter restrictions on smuggling.
In Baltimore, Maryland Senator Ben Cardin says slapping new UN sanctions on the outlaw North Koreans marks a major accomplishment for the United States. The Democrat tells “Fox News Sunday” that “They’re pretty strong additional sanctions to be imposed against North Korea because of their continued testing of ballistic missiles.” The ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says it “was absolutely a strong move forward and it was great to see China and Russia join us.” Cardin says the next step is diplomacy — finding a way to ease tensions and get North Korea to change directions.
United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley says the UN sanctions cut exports of gasoline, diesel and other refined oil products by 89-percent. It also bans exports of machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals to North Korea.