A recently released UN report disclosed that North Korea could be hiding its nuclear and ballistic missiles away from potential US military strikes. As per UN diplomat who disclosed the information there is strong evidence that indicates North Korea is purposely dispersing its testing locations:
“North Korea is using civilian facilities, including airports, for ballistic missile assembly and testing with the goal of effectively preventing ‘decapitation’ strikes’ on a smaller number of identified nuclear and missile assembly and manufacturing sites”.
The US director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, told congress last week that he believed North Korea is not likely to surrender all of the regime’s nuclear weapons or stop the production of the armaments.
This report surfaced after Trump praised North Korea for moving forward in their negotiations on denuclearization. Stephen Biegun, U.S North Korean envoy, is likewise set to meet his North Korean counterpart, Kim Hyok-chol, in Pyongyang to get ready for the summit.
Biegun said he is looking forward to establishing “a set of concrete deliverables” for the summit, including “a roadmap of negotiations and declarations going forward, and a shared understanding of the desired outcomes of our joint efforts”.
Biegun stressed that Kim Jong-un made a commitment last year to US secretary of State, Mike Pompeo to dismantle North Korea’s plutonium and uranium enrichment facilities in exchange for corresponding measures from Washington.
Biegun aims to discuss those reciprocal measures because Washington has expressed willingness to explore other courses of action to improve ties with Pyongyang and succeed in the denuclearization of North Korea.
He stated last week that President Trump was willing to offer diplomatic relations and economic aid in return for progress towards “closing the door on 70 years of war and hostility” on the Korean peninsula.
At the end of the month, the U.S president is expected to meet the North Korean leader, possibly in Vietnam, to discuss measures that would lead to Pyongyang abandoning up its nuclear agenda in exchange for US security guarantees and other assurances.