Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Korea, US Discuss N.Korea's Denuclearization

Korea, US Discuss N.Korea's Denuclearization

North Korea appears to be on an "aggressive schedule" to build its first operational ballistic missile submarine, Reuters reports.

He said he had no information on when North Korea might test a ballistic missile again, after the last one two months ago.

"I wouldn't speculate on what North Korea's activities are or aren't", White told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday. The report states that satellite images of the Sinpo South Shipyard taken November 5 show "the presence of what appear to be sections of a submarine's pressure hull in the yards". North Korea has not commented on the defection.

Pyongyang now faces U.N. Security Council sanctions aimed at punishing it for its nuclear and missile provocations, including its sixth nuclear test staged September 3.

DPRK stands for Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the official name of North Korea. Building a vehicle that can protect warheads from the heat and stress of a return flight - or re-entry capability - is critical for developing functional intermediate-range and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

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The ambassador was speaking at the North Korean mission in Geneva on Friday, as South Korea and the USA agreed in Seoul to keep co-operating towards a peaceful end to the crisis.

Trump, who wants China to play a bigger role in pressuring North Korea to end its nuclear program, reacted to the announcement of the visit by calling it a "big move".

South Korea and the United States agreed on Friday to keep working for a peaceful end to the North Korean nuclear crisis, but a US envoy said it was hard to gauge the reclusive North's intentions as there has been "no signal".

Yonhap, citing unidentified diplomats in Beijing, said there was a good chance that Mr Song would meet Mr Kim tomorrow.

"President Xi recognizes that a nuclear North Korea is a grave threat to China, and we agreed that we would not accept a so-called "freeze-for-freeze" agreement like those that have consistently failed in the past", Trump said during a briefing on Wednesday.

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The North Korean leader is said to rarely meet senior foreign visitors.

Meanwhile, the Asean said it remained resolute in its shared commitment to preserve the Southeast Asian region as a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone and free of all other weapons of mass destruction.

Han Tae Song, the country's ambassador to the United Nations, ruled out negotiations with America as long as joint US-South Korea military exercises continued.

"As long as there is continuous hostile policy against my country by the United States and as long as there are continued war games at our doorstep, then there will not be negotiations", he said.

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