Tag: Nuclear Tests

North Korea Threatens to Scuttle Talks With the U.S. and Resume Tests

North Korea threatened on Friday to suspend negotiations with the Trump administration over the North’s nuclear arms program and said its leader, Kim Jong-un, would soon decide whether to resume nuclear and missile tests. Addressing diplomats and foreign correspondents at a news conference in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui said […]

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New Images of North Korea Buildup Confront Trump’s Hopes for Disarmament

WASHINGTON — President Trump was forced to publicly acknowledge this past week what American intelligence officials said they had long been telling the White House: Even during eight months of blossoming diplomacy, Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, was steadily adding to his weapons arsenal and nuclear infrastructure. Three times, […]

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North Korea Has Started Rebuilding Key Missile-Test Facilities, Analysts Say

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has started rebuilding the facilities it uses to launch satellites into orbit and test engines and other technologies for its intercontinental ballistic missile program, according to American military analysts and South Korean intelligence officials. The revelation comes days after the breakdown of the second […]

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Failed Hanoi Meeting Has U.S. Allies in Region Asking: What’s Next?

SEOUL, South Korea — The abrupt breakdown of summit talks between President Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has confounded America’s two largest allies in Asia, but for different reasons. In South Korea, President Moon Jae-in had been poised to ramp up economic ties with the North if a […]

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Can Trump Avoid Caving to Kim in Vietnam?

On the eve of his departure for his second summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, President Trump said: “I don’t want to rush anybody. I just don’t want testing. As long as there is no testing, we’re happy.” Last April, Mr. Kim announced a halt to testing nuclear […]

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Can President Trump and Kim Jong-un Make a Real Deal?

And so they meet again. President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the ruler of North Korea, are expected to gather this week in Hanoi, Vietnam, for a second round of nuclear negotiations. Mr. Kim bested Mr. Trump at their first meeting in Singapore in June last year. And he is poised […]

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A Second North Korea Summit

President Trump remains bullish that the North Korea nuclear threat can be contained. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, the president praised the “incredible meeting” he had the day before with a top representative of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, trumpeting the “tremendous progress” the two sides had made. The […]

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News Analysis: Trump’s Sense of Timing on Nuclear Threats Confounds Experts

“We don’t have an agreement. We don’t have a deal. We don’t have a declaration,” said Ms. Terry, now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She noted the gap between how Americans describe “denuclearization” and how North Korea describes it. “Right now, we have nothing,” she concluded. Administration officials said Mr. Pompeo was […]

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Trump Gushes Over North Korea

In past arms agreements, American governments have routinely insisted that international inspectors be able to rigorously verify compliance. That was certainly the case with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which imposed unprecedented 24/7 monitoring on Iran’s activities and which Mr. Trump has reneged upon. The joint statement with North Korea lacked Mr. Trump’s previous mantra-like […]

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News Analysis: For All His Deals, Trump Has Never Faced an Adversary Like Kim Jong-un

When Mr. Trump said over the weekend that he would know “in one minute” after talking with Mr. Kim whether the North Korean was ready to denuclearize, it was a declaration that negotiating instinct, rather than deep study of the topic, was the way to success. “Just my touch, my feel,” he said. “It’s what […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: Democrats Childishly Resist Trump’s North Korea Efforts

“It’s like role reversal,” Wit added. “For years Democrats criticized Republicans for not wanting to engage North Korea. Now that Republicans want to engage North Korea, the Democrats are preparing to criticize them.” Aside from Schumer, the Democratic senators who signed the letter are Sherrod Brown, Richard Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Patrick Leahy, Robert Menendez and […]

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News Analysis: Trump Veers to a Korea Plan That Echoes Failures of the Past

“Trump apparently just agreed to a summit without any way forward on nuclear weapons or much of anything apart from a commitment to start a process whose purpose for now is ‘getting to know you,’” said Christopher R. Hill, who led the negotiations with North Korea for Mr. Bush. Moreover, he has promised to back […]

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