Published: Wed, January 23, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump says 'things are going very well' with North Korea

Trump says 'things are going very well' with North Korea

The U.S. was quick in announcing that Trump's second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place in late February.

The missile operating base contained Nodong missiles, a type of medium-range ballistic missile developed by North Korea.

Satellite images of the base from December 27, 2018, show an entrance to an underground bunker, reinforced shelters and a headquarters, the report said.

Besides sanctions relief, North Korea is also seeking a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War and limits on US military activity on the peninsula.

"Because of his (Trump) strong stance and because of his engagement with Kim Jong-un directly at that first summit in Singapore, (there has been) no testing of nuclear weapons, no firing of missiles", he said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday.

"The Sino-ri missile operating base and the Nodong missiles deployed at this location fit into North Korea's presumed nuclear military strategy by providing an operational-level nuclear or conventional first strike capability", the report said.

Researchers say among the sites is a secret ballistic missile base, Sino-Ri Missile Operating base, that North Korea has never disclosed. "Things are going very well with North Korea", the President said. They also agreed to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries as well as a trilateral cooperation with South Korea. Not only that, Kim seemed keen to let the world know that he had destroyed some of the missile testing site (s) as proof of his sincerity to eventually rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons.

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Rodger Baker of Stratfor suggested the North Koreans "reached out to China to make sure that everything was going okay there and that China had their back, and then they reached out to the United States", referring among other signs of coordination to Kim's recent visit to Beijing.

South Korea said it expects the second summit between Trump and Kim to be "a turning point in firmly establishing a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula". The White House appears to be still committed to the objective of final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea.

Amid growing speculations that the second summit will focus on dismantling North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missiles - which are potentially capable of striking the United States - rather than comprehensive methods of denuclearization, the Trump administration will keep pressure and sanctions on the communist nation until it sees "fully and verified" denuclearization, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Saturday.

In South Korea, the Sino-ri facility has always been known as one of the bases housing the Nodong, also called the Rodong.

It might have also played a part in developing the Pukkuksong-2 ballistic missile that was first tested in February 2017, shortly after Trump's inauguration.

From the 20 undeclared North Korean missile bases, CSIS experts have found 13.

Cha added that the base is 'clearly a mainstay of their strategic missile force'.

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