Published: Thu, March 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Korea likely not preparing for launch at Sohae facility: ROK defense minister

Korea likely not preparing for launch at Sohae facility: ROK defense minister

During the presser, Trump said that "he had to walk away" from the talks because of the North's demands to lift all economic sanctions against Pyongyang as a prerequisite to denuclearization. While North Korean state media has portrayed the Hanoi summit as a success, it recently heightened civilian drill exercises in some areas, leading North Koreans to conclude that the summit did not go well, according to a recent report by Radio Free Asia (RFA).

"And so we made a little bit more progress in Hanoi", he said, referring to the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader.

South Korea's spy agency has also told lawmakers in a closed-door intelligence briefing that increased vehicle movement was detected at a missile research center on the outskirts of Pyongyang where the North is believed to build long-range missiles targeting the USA mainland.

There is a speculation that Pyongyang summoned the two back to discuss Washington's apparent considerations to strengthen sanctions on the regime as well as how North Korea should respond following the collapse of the second North Korea-U.S. summit last month.

On Friday, North Korean vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui told foreign diplomats and journalists in Pyongyang that Kim was considering suspending talks with the United States and may rethink a freeze on missile and nuclear tests unless the United States made concessions.

"Whether to maintain this moratorium or not is the decision of our chairman of the state affairs commission", she told reporters.

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"We should mobilize our diplomatic efforts after sufficiently analyzing the situation", Kang said.

He said will also want to see if South Korea will support its position more strongly. It hasn't worked out yet, but the president still is willing to try and do it.

"The public at home and overseas that had hoped for success and good results from the second DPRK-US summit in Hanoi are feeling regretful, blaming the US for the summit that ended without an agreement", the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, said in a commentary, referring to North Korea's official name - the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

South Korean calls for partial sanctions relief to encourage nuclear disarmament steps by has caused disagreements with Washington, which does not want to give up what it sees as its main leverage with the North.

The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies published similar findings and said the North's actions amount to a "snapback" from the moderate dismantlement it undertook following the first - summit last June.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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