Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

John Bolton: Donald Trump optimistic for more North Korea talks

John Bolton: Donald Trump optimistic for more North Korea talks

The Center for Strategic International Studies' Beyond Parallel last week published satellite images from March 6 and March 8 that shows new activity on a launch pad in northwestern North Korea consistent with preparations for a missile or satellite launch.

Also Tuesday, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said it is anxious about the developments at North Korea's rocket launch site, and that Seoul and Washington have been closely monitoring the area.

A separate report showed increased activity just before the February summit at a rocket production facility called Sanumdong in the Pyongyang area, where long-range missiles and space launch vehicles are constructed. Moon says a possible North Korean rocket launch would cause a "catastrophic" outcome for diplomacy on the North's nuclear program.

North Korea using a possible rocket launch as leverage in negotiations with the USA would be catastrophic for global diplomacy, a South Korean presidential adviser has said. "We watch it constantly".

The satellite imageries were released days after the second U.S.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton declined to speculate about Mr Kim's intentions when asked about the reports on Sunday.

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"We see exactly what they are doing", he said. However, Trump told reporters that like the Singapore summit, Kim had committed not conducting nuclear or ballistic missile tests. "I think Kim Jong-un has a very clear idea where the president stands, what the objectives the president's trying to achieve are, it's why the decision to walk away in a friendly way as the president put it from the Hanoi summit was important for Kim Jong-un to understand".

Images of Samundong taken on February 22 showed cars and trucks at the site, as well as rail cars and cranes at a yard, U.S. news outlet NPR has reported.

He said there is room for "confidence-building" measures, such as a proposed establishment of a US diplomatic liaison office in North Korea, to advance the process.

-North Korea diplomacy. "I wonder if North Korea should avoid" such an action, Moon said in a panel discussion. -North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Feb. 28, 2019.

In his first public comments since President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month, envoy Stephen Biegun said "the missing variable" in making a deal is the North's unwillingness to offer complete, verifiable denuclearization.

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