• Uh-Oh: Looks Like North Korea Might Be Violating Supposed De-Nuke Commitment

    Summary Surge: Things seem to be once again disintegrating in the relationship between North Korea and the U.S. Hostile, anti-Trump rhetoric is flying from the “Hermit Kingdom” and they seem to be backtracking on some of their denuclearizing commitments.

    President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un met in Singapore in June of 2018. Afterwards, the American leader announced that the North Korean dictator appeared to be upholding his commitment to dismantle the Sohae Satellite Launching Station.

    “And we appreciate that,” Trump said, per CNN.

    But, Whoa, Nellie! writes Bob Cronin/Newser:

    Now, expert analysis of a satellite image obtained by CNN has found that the site is gearing up again. The increased activity, as well as the presence of a large shipping container not seen until Thursday, could mean that North Korea is getting ready to again test engines used for satellite launchers and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

    Experts rate these tests less troubling than those involving missiles, but caution they could be steps toward actual weapons testing.

    The AP further reports the so-called Hermit Kingdom also threatened on Thursday to intensify its rhetoric.

    A foreign ministry official warned that insults of Trump will resume and he’ll again be referred to as a “dotard” unless he tones down his comments. Calling the dictator “rocket man” and hinting at military action against North Korea are problems, he said.

    On Monday, according to the AP, senior North Korean official and former nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chol charged the president with being ““bereft of patience,” and “a heedless and erratic old man.”

    Earlier this month, North Korea warned the US  could expect a “Christmas gift” unless there’s progress in denuclearization talks.

    What is once more confirmed: North Korea continues, even in the era of Donald Trump, to itself be “erratic”, unreliable, dangerous.

    Mr. President, take note.

    H/T: Bob Cronin/Newser:

    H/T: Associated Press

    Image: Adapted from: Sungwon Baik / VOA – North Korea Rocket Launch – Photo Galleries, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19067047

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