North Korea rocket launch ‘would be catastrophe for diplomacy’

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On Tuesday, the Center for Strategic International Studies' (CSIS) Beyond Parallel published satellite images taken on March 2 that show new activity at the Sohae (Tongchang-ri) launch facility in the northwestern part of North Korea.

Ken Gause, director of the International Affairs Group at the Center for Naval Analyses, said North Korea is most likely to turn to South Korea for concessions and look to resume inter-Korean projects, such as the Kaesong Industrial Complex and Mount Kumgang tourism, which South Korea has been planning to discuss with the USA prior to beginning preparatory work because of potential sanctions violations.

He offered no specifics on when new talks might be held and did not say whether any talks had taken place since the summit, which collapsed over differences on USA demands for Pyongyang's denuclearisation and North Korea's demand for sanctions relief.

As well as developing the Hawsong-15 ICBM, which analysts agree is capable of reaching the whole USA mainland, Samundong constructed the long-range rockets that were then transported and successfully launched from the Sohae satellite launch station in 2012 and 2016.

"Please ensure that we never again hear the embarrassing talk that the president of the Republic of Korea is the top spokesman of Kim Jong Un", said Na, referring to South Korea by its formal names, as lawmakers from Moon's party began shouting at her.

While Moon Chung-in was confident that dialog would continue, he warned that momentum could dwindle, that inter-Korean ties face roadblocks, and that a new North Korean missile test would be disastrous. "And I don't think I will be, but we'll see what happens".

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"We are not going to do denuclearization incrementally", said Stephen Biegun, the special USA envoy for North Korea.

Bolton said the sanctions put pressure on North Korea, which is to the United States' advantage. He said the Hanoi summit showed how "difficult" and "painful" it would be to achieve de-nuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula.

But the talks in Vietnam broke down without agreement, although the two leaders parted on good terms.

Na said Moon's outreach to Pyongyang and proposals to restart inter-Korean economic projects banned under US -led global sanctions are causing a rift with Washington, which has called for allies to maintain economic pressure until North Korea takes firmer steps toward relinquishing its nuclear weapons and missiles.

Kim Song, in particular, informed the UN chief that the UN Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee had recently imposed a ban on importing electronic equipment to the country, which is necessary for holding the meeting of the WHO Regional Committee.

"So far, they are not", Stanton said.

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Veteran North Korea watchers said that any activity is likely to be finely calibrated and could also be meant to send a clear message within the isolated regime.

Even as Washington increasingly turns its attention toward next year's presidential election, the administration exhumed a goal that has always been buried and seen as unrealistic by experts: the total denuclearization of North Korea by the end of Trump's term in 2021.

"Based on past practices, these activities could be consistent with preparations for the delivery of a rocket to the launch pad or engine to the test stand; or they could be North Korean coercive bargain tactics", it said.

The military here is chiefly dependent on the U.S. Forces Korea's spy planes and satellite images because the targets are located north of Pyongyang a long way from the demilitarized zone.

Bolton declined to say whether the U.S. was aware at the time of the Hanoi summit of any suspect satellite imagery from North Korea.

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