North Korea: "Our country plans ultimate completion of the nuclear force"

Bill Rogers
November 18, 2017

North Korea's last missile test was on September 15 but Lee and Yun did not seem to put much emphasis on the lull, Yonhap said, as they were unable to gauge its intentions.

Washington-based 38 North, a North Korea monitoring project, cited images taken on Nov 5 showing activity at North Korea's Sinpo South Shipyard. 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". It denies North Korea's persistent accusation that it is planning to invade. A move to develop an operational ballistic missile submarine wouldn't be unexpected, CNBC reports. DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

North Korea has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States, sparking a major worldwide crisis in which US President Donald Trump has said all options are under consideration, including military ones.

In July, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared he could strike the entire continental United States after test-firing the regime's second ICBM within a month - a claim disputed by American officials.

Between January and September, China exported almost 49,000 tonnes of corn to North Korea, compared with 3,125 tonnes in 2016, according to figures from Beijing.

Trump, who had previously called negotiations with North Korea a waste of time, has offered no clear path to talks.

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China meanwhile, has proposed that to start peace negotiations, North Korea could stop its nuclear and missile programs in exchange for the US and South Korea stopping regular military drills in the region. The problem is common among defectors, the professor said, but may not be reflective of the North Korean population.

Southeast Asian leaders have consistently expressed "grave concern" over North Korea's nuclear program. It has not tested a missile since firing one over Japan on Sept 15.

However, the diplomat stated that his country can't give up its nuclear program as it is a "deterrent".

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 U.S. and as long as there are continued war games at our doorstep, then there will not be negotiations", the ambassador said.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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