As President Donald Trump issues a steady stream of praise for Kim Jong Un in interviews and on Twitter, a steady stream of evidence that North Korea is still making nuclear weapons has pushed his administration to take a much more aggressive stance toward Pyongyang.
The newest intelligence shows Kim’s regime has escalated efforts to conceal its nuclear activity, according to three senior U.S. officials. During the three months since the historic Singapore summit and Trump’s proclamation that North Korea intends to denuclearize, North Korea has built structures to obscure the entrance to at least one warhead storage facility, according to the officials. NBC News
The U.S. has also observed North Korean workers moving warheads out of the facility, the officials said, though they would not speculate on where the warheads went.
Behind the scenes, Trump is running the maximum-pressure campaign that intends to get Kim to back down, according to NBC’s sources. It’s about to go to another level:
The first sign of the shift will be at sea, officials said, where an international maritime coalition will step up its efforts to expose ships and nations that are evading sanctions with illegal transfers of goods between ships at sea, according to three senior U.S. officials. …
The international coalition, which includes military ships from the U.S., UK, France, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea, has already been patrolling the waters for several months, but there is now an effort to “go active,” according to one senior US official, meaning the coalition would begin to publicly denounce individuals who violate the sanctions at sea.
Kim Jong Un has been meeting with Russian officials in hopes of getting Moscow to back North Korea’s plans to force the United States to start lifting sanctions.
Satellite photos show work continuing at a North Korean nuclear research center, and experts disagree on whether it means the regime is not denuclearizing. “North Korea is continuing to expand its facilities to produce nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles,” said Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
North Korea has never actually stated they would stop and destroy their nuclear and biological weapons, they smiled and said they would commit to peace but clearly had no intent of carrying it out. They essentially found what they believe is a loophole that gives them time to build more warheads.
“We have never had a deal. The North Koreans never offered to give up their nuclear weapons. Never. Not once.” ~ Jeffrey Lewis
Allison Puccioni, an imagery analyst at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and an expert on the Yongbyon facility, said it was unrealistic at this point to expect North Korea to have stopped working on the reactor complex.
“Just because they blew up one or two tunnels at a nuclear test site doesn’t mean they are going to stop working on a reactor that they are telling everybody that they are using for electricity. What you have is a commitment to denuclearize — we don’t have the deal yet, we just have a general commitment. So I don’t find it surprising at all that work at Yongbyon continues.”
This by no means that our President got played by North Korea, what it does mean is that the President does not feel the United States civilians need to know the inner-workings of his administrations dealings with North Korea and that as far as people need to know, things are great.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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