United States defector to North Korea dies, aged 74

24 August, 2017, 02:38 | Author: Ora Austin
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"North Korea has already flight-tested ICBMs twice this year and will probably take a wait-and-see approach to assess the impact of stronger pressure from the United States and China and maybe even seek an opportunity for talks, rather than quickly move forward with another test", said Moon Seong Mook, a former South Korean military official. "The Kim (Jong-un) regime (of North Korea) possesses nuclear, biological and conventional weapons capable of raining destruction down on millions of civilians and tens of thousands of USA service members in South Korea, Japan and Guam".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 23, 2017.

"I am pleased to see that the regime in Pyongyang has demonstrated restraint". Last night, the President told supporters: "I respect the fact that I believe he is starting to respect us".

"Some people said it was too strong".

The brief clip mocks Trump's fierce message to Kim Jong-Un two weeks ago, when he said North Korea faced "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if they continued to threaten U.S. interests.

"I respect that fact very much".

But that possibility worries some, who say it would send the wrong message to both North Korea and the South, where there are fears that the North's advancing nuclear capabilities may eventually undermine a decades-long alliance with the United States.

Kim, in a black suit, was shown next to a large brown tube that Joshua Pollack of the US Middlebury Institute of International Studies said on Twitter was a "wound fibre cylinder, evidently a large-diameter solid-rocket motor casing in the making".

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Numerous elements on show were objectives rather than now existing technology, analysts said, but even so Jeffrey Lewis, of the armscontrolwonk.com website, noted: "It's all bad".

Other pictures included missile schematics and what appeared to be production processes.

According to the report, Kim allegedly "instructed" his scientists to "produce more solid-fuel rocket engines and rocket warhead tips by further expanding engine production process and the production capacity of rocket warhead tips and engine jets by carbon and carbon compound material".

The visit comes as South Korea and the USA hold their annual joint military drills, which North Korea and China consider a a provocation and the South Koreans and Americans defend as necessary given the aggressive behaviour of Pyongyang.

"If I understand North Korean propaganda, this is their way of telling us what we'll see in the air in the coming year".

After almost 40 years, Kim hosts a congress of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, saying his country is a responsible nuclear state that will not use nuclear weapons first unless its sovereignty is threatened.

KCNA said on Tuesday that Kim's regime is ready to stage "ruthless" retaliation in response to the annual joint military drills between South Korea and America.


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