North Korea says it has tested 'ultramodern tactical weapon'

Saul Bowman
November 16, 2018

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence asked South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday to communicate and talk more closely with North Korea, Moon's spokesman said.

Pence also said that Trump will push for a concrete plan outlining Pyongyang's moves to end its arms programmes. These developments come as other major global stories gain steam, including the Brexit process in the United Kingdom and the still-unfolding story of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder by Saudi Arabian operatives - potentially with the involvement of the crown prince.

He added that Kim Jong-un also expressed "gratitude" for Trump's role in the process during conversations between the North and South Korean leaders.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during a meeting in Singapore on November 15, 2018.

"The mistakes of the past can easily be described as one administration after another, in both political parties, with regard to North Korea where promises were made for denuclearization, relief was given to North Korea, then promises were broken", he said.

Kim expressed "great satisfaction" and said the test marks "a groundbreaking turning point in strengthening the fighting power of our military", KCNA said.

"If you are friends with two countries which are on different sides, sometimes it is possible to get along with both, sometimes it's more awkward when you try to get along with both", Lee said as he wrapped up the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.


"I think it will be absolutely imperative in this next summit that we come away with a plan for identifying all of the weapons in question, identifying all the development sites, allowing for inspections of the sites and the plan for dismantling nuclear weapons", Pence said.

The Korea-U.S. alliance is more solid than ever and the credit goes to Trump and Moon, Pence said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been due to meet North Korea's Kim Yong Chol, a senior aide to Kim Jong Un, in NY earlier this month, but it was postponed to a later date. The Washington Post, on the other hand, listened to the very same interview and came up with the headline, "Pence: Second U.S".

Cho Myoung-gyon, the South's unification minister, said Seoul was abiding by global sanctions on Pyongyang despite President Moon Jae-in's calls for a step-by-step easing of pressure.

"Spoke about our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific & reaffirmed our commitment to strengthen security and counterterrorism cooperation and coordination", Pence tweeted after his meeting with Modi. The vice president's late father Edward Pence, Jr. was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the Korean War.

Pence urged other countries at the meeting to keep up sanctions pressure on the North amid signs that Pyongyang's traditional trading partners, China and Russian Federation, have eased enforcement.

After Trump and Kim reached an initial agreement for denuclearization during a June 12 summit in Singapore, Washington has pressed the rogue regime to provide information about all its nuclear operations.

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