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Trump’s Detente with Kim Fails as North Korea Continues to Develop ICBMs

President Trump’s feeble policy toward North Korea is headed in the same direction as his predecessors’, with attempts to “negotiate” answered by Pyongyang’s successful effort to buy time and continue to develop its nuclear and missile programs.

The Washington Post reports that the North Koreans are working diligently on their ICBM program, hoping to develop nuclear-tipped missiles that could hit the United States. Once that happens, the game completely changes, with Kim Jong-un able to hold America hostage to his policies and the chances of an accidental launch something Americans will forever have to live with.

Once Kim has ICBMs, we cannot attack him and his nuclear program is forever.

According to the Post:

U.S. spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence.

Newly obtained evidence, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, indicates that work is underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe classified intelligence.

The findings are the latest to show ongoing activity inside North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities at a time when the country’s leaders are engaged in arms talks with the United States. The new intelligence does not suggest an expansion of North Korea’s capabilities but shows that work on advanced weapons is continuing weeks after President Trump declared in a Twitter posting that Pyongyang was “no longer a Nuclear Threat.”

The reports about new missile construction come after recent revelations about a suspected uranium-enrichment facility, called Kangson, that North Korea is operating in secret. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged during Senate testimony last week that North Korean factories “continue to produce fissile material” used in making nuclear weapons. He declined to say whether Pyongyang is building new missiles.

Trump began his administration with an admirably tough approach to North Korea. But Kim effectively neutralized him by tempting Trump into a bilateral summit that produced little of substance, at least that we know about, and that appears to have given North Korea more time to develop its capabilities, which is exactly what it needs.

13 Responses to Trump’s Detente with Kim Fails as North Korea Continues to Develop ICBMs

  1. Keith, I think you’re falling for fake news. The Norks haven’t test fired a rocket in over a year. So their development is kind of pointless, if it’s actually happening.

      • Fake deep state propaganda….they cannot let Trump win.
        They are still trying to remove him before he uncovers the rock they are hiding under.
        Q anon says 80% of congress controlled by Bebe……Q

  2. The NK got their missile tech from the USA…think Tesla. C_A

    NK was controlled by the C_A

    Link broken

    3 top NK generals fried…

    Pre Trump why was GOGgle CEO in NK
    Think server set up for C_A coms

    This via
    Q anon

  3. The North Koreans have been playing the US for a very long time, and there are lots of examples. Here’s one, describing an “accord” between the US and North Korea to dismantle their nuclear plants. The date? 1994, with Billy Clinton sitting in the White House. The Enemy Within, and all that.

    From the story:

    “Under the accord, North Korea would agree to allow full and continuous inspections of its existing nuclear sites, freeze and then later take apart some of its most important nuclear plants and ultimately ship out of the country fuel rods that could be converted into fuel for weapons.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/1994/10/19/world/clinton-approves-a-plan-to-give-aid-to-north-koreans.html

    Clinton also secretly arranged for Loran missile guidance technology to be made available to the North Koreans.

  4. If the WaPo is reporting it using US intel sources, I’m at the very least deeply skeptical. They would love to paint Trump with a policy failure of such magnitude ahead of the midterms. Old timers (like me) remember the so-called missile gap of the 1960 election — sank without a trace after JFK won, and was later confirmed to be (you should pardon the expression) trumped up.

  5. Waahl ya know….its not as if Trump had a Coup with the lil’ blowfish…..I mean every liberal in camp has been waiting with baited breath to finally breathe the words: F A I L…..and all just because it is Trump. They were screeching F A I L before the Summit even took place….Truth is no one (really) knows anything – but parroting what some other ass wipe parroted before them…..its called FAKE news.

  6. Not sure it’s failed…yet. The only thing the Koreans have gotten out of this is a meeting with a president…and perhaps time. In the past, they have gotten billions of dollars of stuff.
    It’s more likely that the Chinese are pulling the strings that have them up to their old tricks. Using Kim as a pawn in the tariff and trade negotiations….