US, South Korea to hold talks on North's denuclearization

06 Décembre, 2018, 19:01 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Kim Jong-un led the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon last month

In November, the New York Times reported that North Korea was still working on its nuclear missile program at more than a dozen hidden bases, according the Sakkonmol Missile Operating Base, which is about 85 miles from the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea.

The US defence department said in a statement: "We watch North Korea very closely but we can not discuss intelligence".

The South Korean military said Thursday that Seoul and Washington have long monitored a North Korean missile base that a U.S. media outlet described as an unreported facility capable of launching a long-range ballistic missile.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has cleared three days later this month to make a historic first visit to Seoul to discuss ridding the Korea peninsula of nuclear weapons, according to a report Wednesday.

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey told CNN that the images indicate that North Korea was building an extremely large underground facility in 2017 and that this facility was still under construction as of August 2018. "It never said it would", Vipin Narang, a politics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, wrote on Twitter. He just doesn't care.

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The report said that the site's unique location would be ideal for North Korea's newest long-range missiles, including those that can carry nuclear weapons that could strike the United States.

Ri is also expected to be briefed on discussions last week between Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump, who recently announced that his next meeting with Kim would likely happen in January or February.

"They have not lived up to the commitments so far", Bolton said.

Evan S. Medeiros, the senior Asia policy director in the National Security Council in the Obama administration, said that another meeting between the leaders would play into the hands of Kim.

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