North Korea Links Nuclear Advances to Hostile US Policy
North Korea Links Nuclear Advances to Hostile US Policy
Abe, S. Korean leader's envoy agree to resume 'shuttle diplomacy'
20 May, 2017, 06:18
It comes as North Korea's deputy United Nations envoy said the U.S. needs to roll back its "hostile policy" toward Pyongyang before talks could take place between the pair.
Writing for 38 North, a Johns Hopkins University website dedicated to North Korea issues, analysts Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. and Jack Liu said satellite imagery taken as recently as May 16 indicate the launch facility was undergoing upgrades.
Kim singled out as "more serious" the push by the US for a new sanctions resolution and the Trump administration's demand for all countries "to decide whether they support for DPRK or U.S".
"It is ridiculous", Kim In-Ryong, North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters, suggesting Washington and Seoul were behind the allegation.
Pollack said experts say the only one of these sites North Korea could potentially reach now is Hawaii, and that is a stretch. However, he stressed the need for a peaceful resolution by working through the United Nations with countries including China, the North's traditional ally and benefactor.
Earlier on Friday, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that military action against the DPRK would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale".
The US has deployed the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in South Korea to defend against threats from North Korea. He said the missile went very high and came down, but he would not characterize it as demonstrating the controlled re-entry of a missile.
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At the peak of the cold war, the Soviet Union had 2,350 ballistic missiles targeting the United States.
The North has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the U.S. mainland, saying the programme is necessary to counter American aggression.
The U.N. Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has strengthened the measures in response to the country's five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches. "You have to choose, you have to pick a side".
U.S. President Donald Trump warned in an interview with Reuters in late April that a "major, major conflict" with the North was possible, but he said he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute over its nuclear and missile programs.
Kim said this USA policy is "the root cause of all problems".
A cargo-passenger ferry service linking Russian Federation and North Korea completed its first trip Thursday.
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