Dake Kang, Associated Press Updated 3:47 am PST, Sunday, February 24, 2019 In this Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, photo, a train similar to ones seen during previous visits to China by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leaves Dandong Station in northeastern China's Liaoning Province. Kim was on a train Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, to Vietnam for his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, state media confirmed. (Madoka Ikegami/Kyodo News via AP) less In this Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, photo, a train similar to ones seen during previous visits to China by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leaves Dandong Station in northeastern China's Liaoning Province. Kim was ... more Photo: Madoka Ikegami, AP Photo: Madoka Ikegami, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 In this Saturday, Feb. 23, … [Read more...] about In Chinese border city, locals hope North Korea opens up
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The major nuclear powers convened in Beijing for a two-day conference on Wednesday. There are calls from China to preserve the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) and maintain international stability. In order to understand these talks - here are the answers to questions we think you would want to know: What is the United Nations NPT? It is an important international treaty to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. It aims to eventually achieve nuclear total disarmament and promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. It came into force in 1970 and was extended in 1995. Who signed the NPT and who didn't? A total of 191 countries signed up for the treaty, including the five nuclear states. India, Pakistan, and North Korea are not part of the treaty but have nuclear weapons at the moment. North Korea withdrew from the treaty in 2003. Who are at the two-day conference? China, Russia, US, UK, and France - the five major nuclear nations. Why is this conference … [Read more...] about The Major nuclear powers are meeting in Beijing. Why?
Analysis North Korea Denuclearization For a moment, the South Korean official was silent. It was late December, and, with negotiations between the United States and North Korea at a stalemate, I had asked a straightforward question: What, exactly, does the “denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula mean? The matter is at the heart of the historic talks Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un began in Singapore last June. The South Korean official, a senior adviser to President Moon Jae-in, let out a deep sigh. “There is no consensus,” the official said, “not between us and the U.S., not between North Korea and the U.S.; not, frankly, even within our own government.”That answer is the principal reason why the once-thawing relations between the two sides now seem to be getting colder. Trump, of course, had famously declared the nuclear crisis “largely solved” after last summer’s summit. But in November, as talks stalled, the North Koreans … [Read more...] about The U.S. Wants North Korea to Get Rid of Its Nukes. But for Pyongyang, ‘denuclearization’ Means Something Very Different
By Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) - Amid signs that negotiations between North Korea and the U.S. are stalling, analysts say Pyongyang still sees its nuclear arsenal as a key tool in securing its national safety and winning concessions from international rivals. Just as the United States has doubled down on its sanctions on Pyongyang, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has not retreated from his pledge to expand his operational force of nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles, increasing his leverage under any still-elusive denuclearisation deal. A U.S. think tank said on Monday it had identified at least 13 of an estimated 20 active, undeclared missile bases inside North Korea, underscoring the challenge for American negotiators hoping to persuade Kim to give up his weapons programmes. As time goes by, North Korea's likely expansion of its arsenal could force Washington to rethink its insistence on full denuclearisation, said Moon Hong-sik, a research fellow at the Institute for National … [Read more...] about ‘Treasured sword’: North Korea seen as reliant as ever on nuclear arsenal as talks stall
Josh Rogin, The Washington Post Published 3:35 am PDT, Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Mike Pompeo, U.S. secretary of state, speaks during a news conference in Singapore, on June 11, 2018. Mike Pompeo, U.S. secretary of state, speaks during a news conference in Singapore, on June 11, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By SeongJoon Cho Photo: Bloomberg Photo By SeongJoon Cho Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Mike Pompeo, U.S. secretary of state, speaks during a news conference in Singapore, on June 11, 2018. Mike Pompeo, U.S. secretary of state, speaks during a news conference in Singapore, on June 11, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By SeongJoon Cho Why Trump canceled Secretary of State Pompeo's trip to North Korea 1 / 1 Back to Gallery … [Read more...] about Why Trump canceled Secretary of State Pompeo’s trip to North Korea