A North Korean official on Monday reaffirmed Pyongyang's commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching "All the way to the East Coast of the mainland US," telling CNN that the rogue nation is currently not interested in diplomacy with the US until it achieves that goal.
North Korea is not ruling out diplomacy, but "Before we can engage in diplomacy with the Trump administration, we want to send a clear message that the DPRK has a reliable defensive and offensive capability to counter any aggression from the United States," the official said.
A North Korean diplomat, meanwhile, publicly expressed anger on Monday over reports that a US-South Korean plan, to which hackers gained access, included the "Decapitation" of the regime's leadership. Source 5y.
Waiting until they have a intercontinental missile capable of reaching the US is not going to go over in the world politics in my opinion. I guess we will have to wait and see on this.
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Its kind of funny that Kim, with all that talk about bombing the USA, Guam, South Korea and Japan, would decide his first chess move is to write world leaders to be against Trump. It sounds like a crying little boy looking for support because he bit more than he could chew.
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US Masses Ships and Aircraft Outside North Korea By Peter Symonds. The world may be closer to the brink of nuclear war than at any time in history. Source 6c.
That makes me think about terrorism tactics. We saw where Kim ordered a hit on his own half-brother using agents. How do we know there aren't more around waiting.
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Trump claims 'good progress' on efforts to secure North Korea 'deal'. In a news conference in Seoul following meetings with South Korea President Moon Jae In, President Trump said Tuesday he will continue to push South Korea and other nations across the globe to pressure North Korea into giving up its nuclear weapons. He claimed "Good progress" on efforts to get North Korea to "Make a deal" on nuclear weapons, but did not provide specifics. Ref. USAToday.