US finds North Korea killed Kim brother with VX agent

Patrice Gainsbourg
Março 9, 2018

Washington and Pyongyang have been at loggerheads for months over the North's nuclear and missile programmes, with U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un trading insults and threatening war.

"We cannot reveal everything to the media, but we do have additional views of North Korea we will relay to the United States when we visit the U.S.", he said, according to Yonhap.

It could also simply be an effort to buy time while the Kim regime figures out how to protect the nuclear advances it has made and develop more nuclear-capable weapons in the future.

While in Pyongyang, Chung and a delegation he led had a four-hour dinner with Kim and his wife as well as other senior officials, including Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, who visited South Korea for the opening of the Winter Olympics last month. First, should direct dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington materialise, it could present a historic opportunity to normalise North Korea. Why now? What will they want in return? A deal to end the North's nuclear arms and intercontinental missile programmes would be "a great thing for the world", Mr Trump added. As a result, some experts suggest North Korea may burn through cash reserves by the middle of 2019.

"We have seen nothing to indicate. that he would be willing to give up those weapons", Coats said.

"Overall, whether this meeting will help resolve the North Korea nuclear issue, it really depends on what president Moon can deliver from North Korea, in terms of meaningful actions". Some think Kim is snowballing that good public relations decision into talks with South Korea and the United States. The unidentified officials said a simultaneous computer-simulated drill known as Key Resolve would also be held from mid to late April. About 90% of all North Korean trade comes across the 880-mile shared frontier, but recent Chinese imports of coal, seafood and labor have been slashed.

It is a problem potentially compounded by the sudden departure of America's ambassador-in-waiting to South Korea. Kim Jong-nam was killed with the banned chemical weapons agent VX on 13 February, 2017, when two women smeared his face with the substance at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.

Jonathan Cristol is a fellow at the World Policy Institute and Levermore Research Fellow at Adelphi University. The North also made clear that there is no reason for them to possess nuclear weapons as long as military threats to the North are eliminated and the regime's security is guaranteed.

It has also called the roughly 28,000 American troops stationed in South Korea a potential invasion force that can only be countered by a robust nuclear deterrent.

Seoul: North Korea says it has no reason to possess nuclear weapons if it has security guarantee

Trump tweeted Tuesday that "possible progress" was being made in the talks with North Korea, and that all sides were making serious efforts.

Others, like David Adesnik, director of research with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, warn South Korea must keep its guard up.

"The United States strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons to conduct an assassination", Nauert said.

Wednesday's meeting involved Choo Mi-ae of the ruling Democratic Party, Hong Joon-pyo of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, Yoo Seong-min of the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party, Cho Bae-sook of the Party for Democracy and Peace and Lee Jeong-mi of the progressive Justice Party.

"We welcome the development of positive trends in the inter-Korean dialogue in light of the visit by the South Korean president's special envoy to Pyongyang, which took place on March 5-6", the diplomat said.

North Korea's talks offer appeared to be "sincere", he said, adding: "We'll soon find out".

Several reports released at the time of his death claimed China was looking at him as a possible replacement for ruler, in the event of a major crisis or coup.

North Korea seems "sincere" in its apparent willingness to halt nuclear tests if it holds denuclearisation talks with the United States, Trump said on Tuesday, as U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials voiced scepticism.

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The Trump administration also pushed through some of the harshest sanctions the already hugely sanctioned North has yet faced. Kim Jong-il, the leader in Pyongyang at the time (and the father of current leader Kim Jong-un), appeared suddenly friendly.

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