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


North Korean efforts to upgrade and expand a long-range missile base come as no surprise to USA intelligence officials, who have always been wary of promises by Pyongyang to denuclearize. It did not elaborate.

"It is one of North Korea's major facilities that the military has tracked and monitored in coordination with the United States forces", said Joint Chiefs of Staff's spokesperson Col. Roh Jae-chun.

It hasn't. And experts were warning Trump all along that it wouldn't, because Kim sees nuclear weapons as an essential tactic for his own survival.

The top diplomats were expected to exchange views on an apparent stalemate in the dialogue with Pyongyang, the possibility of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's Seoul visit and his second summit with US President Donald Trump.

Zhang Baohui, a professor of political science and director of the Centre for Asian Pacific Studies at Hong Kong's Lingnan University, said China was likely to push North Korea to implement denuclearisation, in an effort to show the US Beijing was playing its part. -North Korea summit, on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12.

"La Constitución es el gran pacto nacional por la convivencia" — Felipe VI
Eso sí, también ha señalado que ahora es momento de "pensar en el futuro" y seguir construyendo "una España renovada". La infanta Sofía ha puesto su atención en los asistentes que ocupaban el Congreso de los Diputados .

An official at Seoul's presidential Blue House who spoke to JTBC on the condition of anonymity said the South needs an answer by the weekend in order to make plans for a summit, if it is to happen before the end of the year. We continue to support the diplomatic process. It never said it would.

Washington-based think tank Beyond Parallel said in a report last month that it has identified more than a dozen undeclared missile bases.

The satellite imagery offers evidence that the Yeongjeo-dong missile base and a nearby, previously unreported site remain active and have been continuously upgraded, underscoring the reality of just how far apart Washington and Pyongyang are on the issue of denuclearization despite five months of sporadic talks.

Bruce Bennett, a senior defence researcher at the Rand Corporation, said North Korea had not yet started denuclearisation, and the lifting of sanctions was not on the Trump administration's table at this stage.

Experts told the USA news network that the site's location made it suitable to host North Korea's newest long-range missiles, including ones that could carry nuclear warheads.