S.Korea Sends Gift of Tangerines to Kim Jong

Marsha Scott
November 13, 2018

"The deployment pattern of the KPA's ballistic missile operating bases is logical for a nation that still believes it is in a state of war and must be ready to defend itself from outside aggression at any time", the report said.

The operating bases are scattered across the country, typically located in small mountain valleys, the report said.

Now that the USA midterm elections have taken place, there is no longer any reason to pretend that North Korea is ever going to denuclearize, so North Korea's child dictator may be taking hard new steps to pressure the Trump administration to get what he wants: Lifting the sanctions with no requirement to denuclearize.

After the landmark summit in Singapore, Trump tweeted that "there is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

Indeed, the CSIS report notes that revelations of continued work on the missile sites was not entirely unexpected.

President Trump himself kept up the pretense last week by saying: "We're in no rush".

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the meeting that was set for last Thursday in NY "will now take place at a later date".

This prompted North Korea to warn earlier this month that it could even revive its scrapped policy of pyongjin, or "parallel advance", in which the country simultaneously pursues economic and nuclear development, if the its demand is not met.

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According to "Yonhap", North Korea contains about 160 border posts along the remaining 250-km border, and South Korea - about 60.

"What North Korea has offered is the beginning of a process that might - might - someday lead to an outcome like that".

The tangerine airlifting is a sign that the two Koreas are pushing ahead with efforts to improve ties despite a stalemated global diplomacy on North Korea's nuclear program.

Shin, who is still banned from traveling to the country of her origin, was speaking through a video conferencing platform to a South Korean audience attending the "One Korea Festival" in Uijeongbu, a city outside Seoul.

In a risky operation that followed an inter-Korean summit in September, North Korea has removed thousands of landmines to clear the roads for a joint project to excavate war remains buried in a 1953 battlefield in the demilitarized zone (DMZ), the South's defense chief said.

Analysts have long believed that North Korea had undeclared or hidden facilities in their missile programme, which has made issues related to verification and inspections a major part of working level talks between the USA and North Korea.

While the Korean militaries move ahead with tension-reducing steps, Moon is otherwise running out of goodwill gestures toward North Korea, which is under heavy US -led sanctions over its nuclear weapons program.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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