Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Over $200k in NZ aid goes to North Korea

Moon Proposes FIFA World Cup in Northeast Asia in 2030 Over $200k in NZ aid goes to North Korea
Bennie Garza | 13 June, 2017, 09:50

"The series of recent strategic weapons tests show that we are not too far away from test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile", the Rodong Sinmun, the official paper of the ruling party, said.

Richardson's most recent North Korean trip was in 2013, when he led a private, humanitarian mission to Pyongyang with Alphabet Inc's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, to urge North Korea to adopt a moratorium on ballistic missiles and nuclear tests and to help secure the release of a detained USA citizen, Kenneth Bae.

Last year, the North tested around two dozen missiles and two nuclear weapons, with the reclusive regime claiming that it can now mount a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile.

The commentary said the end of the U.S.'s policies against North Korea are "near reality". The U.S. State Department says Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon will arrive for a three-day visit on Tuesday. Stangarone found North Korea launched an average of 0.25 missiles per month in 2012, 0.42 in 2013, 1.3 in 2014, 0.83 in 2015, 1.7 in 2016, and 1.8 so far in 2017.

Trump has also tried to intimidate North Korea by dispatching warships and bombers to the Korean Peninsula, but another KCNA article published Sunday decried such tactics as "useless muscle-flexing" and "exhausted bluffing". The source said it also appeared Kim Jong-un recently gifted senior scientists in the ICBM development program with a house and auto as rewards.

With World War 3 discussed so often in the news, do you think the United States has cause to fear North Korea or do you think that Donald Trump and his team of advisors will renew negotiations to stop any possible hostility?

North Korea on Saturday boasted that it is "not for away" from testing an intercontinental ballistic missile. The Korea Central News Agency said the test verified technical aspects of the weapon system and examined its "adaptability under various battle conditions" before it is deployed to military units.

Dr. Lewis warned that no-one should underestimate North Korea's nuclear capabilities.

While the inauguration in May of the left-leaning Moon Jae-in as South Korea's President brought expectations of a "Sunshine 2.0" policy from Seoul, inter-Korean relations have remained tense.

In response to the interview, South Korea's Ministry of Unification (MOU) told local media outlets last week that the issues of separated families and defectors were unrelated.

According to sources knowledgeable about what is occurring in North Korea, scientists who oversee nuclear materials as well as evaluate the nuclear tests have gathered at the Punggyeri site.

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