Kim oversees missile firing drills, tells troops to be alert

Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said Kim expressed “great satisfaction” over Saturday’s drills and stressed that his front-line troops should keep a “high alert posture” and enhance combat ability to “defend the political sovereignty and economic self-sustenance of the country.” South Korea said it’s “very concerned” about North Korea’s weapons launches, calling them a violation of the agreements to reduce animosities between the countries. Kim Dong-yub, an analyst from Seoul’s I


Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said Kim expressed “great satisfaction” over Saturday’s drills and stressed that his front-line troops should keep a “high alert posture” and enhance combat ability to “defend the political sovereignty and economic self-sustenance of the country.” South Korea said it’s “very concerned” about North Korea’s weapons launches, calling them a violation of the agreements to reduce animosities between the countries. Kim Dong-yub, an analyst from Seoul’s I
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Kim oversees missile firing drills, tells troops to be alert

North Korean state media on Sunday showed leader Kim Jong Un observing live-fire drills of long-range multiple rocket launchers and what appeared to be a new short-range ballistic missile, a day after South Korea expressed concern that the launches were a violation of an inter-Korean agreement to cease all hostile acts.

Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said Kim expressed “great satisfaction” over Saturday’s drills and stressed that his front-line troops should keep a “high alert posture” and enhance combat ability to “defend the political sovereignty and economic self-sustenance of the country.”

The weapons launches were a likely sign of Pyongyang’s growing frustration at stalled diplomatic talks with Washington meant to provide coveted sanctions relief in return for nuclear disarmament. They also highlighted the fragility of the detente between the Koreas, which in a military agreement reached last September vowed to completely cease “all hostile acts” against each other in land, air and sea.

South Korea said it’s “very concerned” about North Korea’s weapons launches, calling them a violation of the agreements to reduce animosities between the countries. The statement, issued after an emergency meeting Saturday of top officials at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, also urged North Korea to stop committing acts that would raise military tensions and join efforts to resume nuclear diplomacy.

“Praising the People’s Army for its excellent operation of modern large-caliber long-range multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons, he said that all the service members are master gunners and they are capable of carrying out duty to promptly tackle any situation,” the KNCA paraphrased Kim as saying. “He stressed the need for all the service members to keep high alert posture and more dynamically wage the drive to increase the combat ability so as to defend the political sovereignty and economic self-sustenance of the country and … the security of the people from the threats and invasion by any forces.”

The North’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published photos that showed Kim, equipped with binoculars, observing tests of different weapons systems, including multiple rocket launchers and what appeared to be a short-range missile fired from a launch vehicle, and also an explosion of what seemed to be a target set on island rocks.

Kim Dong-yub, an analyst from Seoul’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said the North Korean missile appeared to be modeled after Russia’s 9K720 Iskander mobile short-range ballistic missile system. The solid-fuel North Korean missile, which was first revealed in a Pyongyang military parade in February, is potentially capable of conducting nuclear strikes on all areas of South Korea, Kim said.

“The North tried to clearly demonstrate its abilities to strike any target on the Korean Peninsula, including U.S. troops stationed across the country in areas such as Seoul, Pyeongtaek, Daegu and Busan,” Kim said.


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North Korea warns of ‘undesired’ outcome if no change in US nuclear stance

U.S. President Donald Trump walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a break in talks at the U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi on February 28, 2019. North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui singled out Pompeo’s interview last week with CBS in which he said the United States may have to “change paths” if the negotiations break down. “If the United States fails to reestablish its position within the timeline we gave, it will see truly undesired consequences.” It would happen “when t


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North Korea warns of 'undesired' outcome if no change in US nuclear stance

U.S. President Donald Trump walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a break in talks at the U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi on February 28, 2019.

North Korea’s vice foreign minister said on Tuesday that the United States will face undesired consequences if it fails to present a new position in denuclearization talks by the end of the year, state media reported.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has set a year-end deadline for the United States to show more flexibility after his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump failed to produce a deal to end Pyongyang’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.

But Trump and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have brushed aside the deadline, calling for Kim to take action on his pledge to denuclearize after years of pursuing nuclear and rocket programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui singled out Pompeo’s interview last week with CBS in which he said the United States may have to “change paths” if the negotiations break down.

“Changing paths is not a privilege that only the United States has, but it could be our own choice if we make up our mind,” Choe said, according to the official KCNA news agency.

“If the United States fails to reestablish its position within the timeline we gave, it will see truly undesired consequences.”

She also said North Korea’s determination to denuclearize remained unchanged. It would happen “when the come comes”, but only if the United States changed its current calculations.

“We know the path we will take, but we’re just hesitating to choose as we have set the deadline for the United States,” Choe said.

The North had been seeking a deal to ease sanctions in exchange for dismantling some of its nuclear facilities, but Trump called for a “big deal” in which sanctions would be lifted if Pyongyang handed over all its nuclear weapons to the United States.

Choe’s remarks continue the North’s attack on Trump’s point person on the nuclear negotiations, after another foreign ministry official rejected Pompeo as a counterpart, demanding a switch to someone “more careful and mature”.


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Putin has ‘substantial’ talks with Kim at summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants to denuclearize but needs “security guarantees” to do so. Speaking after a high-profile summit with Kim, Putin said Russia favored denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and Kim agreed, but said bilateral security guarantees were not enough. Putin said he didn’t know if it was time to resume six-way talks with North Korea to end a standoff over its nuclear weapons program. Putin said Thursday that a resumption of


Russian President Vladimir Putin said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants to denuclearize but needs “security guarantees” to do so. Speaking after a high-profile summit with Kim, Putin said Russia favored denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and Kim agreed, but said bilateral security guarantees were not enough. Putin said he didn’t know if it was time to resume six-way talks with North Korea to end a standoff over its nuclear weapons program. Putin said Thursday that a resumption of
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Putin has 'substantial' talks with Kim at summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants to denuclearize but needs “security guarantees” to do so.

Speaking after a high-profile summit with Kim, Putin said Russia favored denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and Kim agreed, but said bilateral security guarantees were not enough.

Putin said he didn’t know if it was time to resume six-way talks with North Korea to end a standoff over its nuclear weapons program. The “six-party talks” had taken place between North and South Korea, the U.S., Japan, Russia and China in the early 2000s, but collapsed in 2009 when North Korea pulled out, saying it would resume its nuclear enrichment program in order to boost its nuclear deterrent.

Putin said Thursday that a resumption of such talks “will help provide international security guarantees,” Reuters reported.

Earlier Thursday, Putin had said he had a “substantial discussion” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about the Korean Peninsula Thursday, but gave little detail.

He said he and Kim exchanged views on how to improve the situation in the region, Reuters reported. Kim, meanwhile, reportedly said both leaders discussed how to “strategically improve regional stability.”

“We just had a thorough face-to-face conversation,” Putin said, according to Russian news agency Tass.


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Kim Kardashian gave a tour of her home on Instagram

As Vogue’s May cover star, Kim Kardashian West gave the magazine’s website a tour of her Hidden Hills, California home during her “73 questions” interview. When asked to describe its style, Kardashian West replied: “I would say like a minimal monastery.” Kardashian West later explained some of the unique features of her home in an Instagram Story. “Since everyone is a little confused about our sinks, I thought I would just show you guys a little tour of our bathroom,” Kardashian West says in her


As Vogue’s May cover star, Kim Kardashian West gave the magazine’s website a tour of her Hidden Hills, California home during her “73 questions” interview. When asked to describe its style, Kardashian West replied: “I would say like a minimal monastery.” Kardashian West later explained some of the unique features of her home in an Instagram Story. “Since everyone is a little confused about our sinks, I thought I would just show you guys a little tour of our bathroom,” Kardashian West says in her
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Kim Kardashian gave a tour of her home on Instagram

As Vogue’s May cover star, Kim Kardashian West gave the magazine’s website a tour of her Hidden Hills, California home during her “73 questions” interview. When asked to describe its style, Kardashian West replied: “I would say like a minimal monastery.”

As Kardashian West walks through her home, viewers can see a large bedroom, a bathroom with a square bathtub in the middle, a long hallway with an arched ceiling and glass doors and a living room with an “unbleached Steinway” piano, according to Kardashian West.

Kardashian West later explained some of the unique features of her home in an Instagram Story.

First is the bathroom. Kardashian West says the bathtub “fits all our kids,” and there is a rain shower. “Since everyone is a little confused about our sinks, I thought I would just show you guys a little tour of our bathroom,” Kardashian West says in her Instagram story.

She explains there were eight versions of the prototype sink made. In the story, viewers can see that there are two faucets that appear to have no basin, though Kardashian West clarifies the countertop “slopes down.”

When she turns on the faucet, the water pours into a slit. “You can put it on as high pressure as you want and no back splash will come up.”

In her bedroom, Kardashian West shows off a flat-screen TV that rises up from its hiding spot in the floor.

She says it’s a “130-inch” in front of the bed.

In April 2018, People magazine reported the house is worth $20 million. Kardashian West’s mom, Kris Jenner, responded in a Tweet: “WOW wrong again!! Their house is $60 MIL.”

Kardashian West recently announced she wants to be a lawyer. She plans to take the bar exam in 2022 and registered with the California State Bar to study law last year, according to her Instagram post.

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North Korea says it tested a ‘powerful warhead’

WASHINGTON — North Korea tested a new type of tactical guided weapon on Wednesday, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Thursday morning local time. The test of “a powerful warhead” was overseen by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and marks the first public weapons test from the rogue regime since President Donald Trump’s historic meeting with Kim in Singapore last year. North Korea, the only nation to have tested nuclear weapons this century, spent most of Trump’s first year in off


WASHINGTON — North Korea tested a new type of tactical guided weapon on Wednesday, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Thursday morning local time. The test of “a powerful warhead” was overseen by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and marks the first public weapons test from the rogue regime since President Donald Trump’s historic meeting with Kim in Singapore last year. North Korea, the only nation to have tested nuclear weapons this century, spent most of Trump’s first year in off
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North Korea says it tested a 'powerful warhead'

WASHINGTON — North Korea tested a new type of tactical guided weapon on Wednesday, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Thursday morning local time.

The test of “a powerful warhead” was overseen by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and marks the first public weapons test from the rogue regime since President Donald Trump’s historic meeting with Kim in Singapore last year.

The White House and Pentagon did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

The latest revelation comes less than two months after the collapse of nuclear talks between Trump and Kim in Vietnam.

“This is a volatile country that holds the entire world at risk but, at this point, it just seems like a bunch of propaganda and a way to remind the Trump administration why they were negotiating in the first place,” Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation told CNBC.

“And obviously the North Koreans have been pressuring the administration for sanctions relief so I would see them as putting this little measure on the table to enhance their negotiating position if Trump and Kim sit down again,” Bell added.

North Korea, the only nation to have tested nuclear weapons this century, spent most of Trump’s first year in office perfecting its nuclear arsenal. The newest member of the world’s exclusive nuclear weapons club has stopped testing of its nukes for now as the U.S. and international community offer the possibility of relief from crippling economic sanctions.

While North Korea has paused nuclear tests that prompted Trump’s threat to bring “fire and fury” upon that country, it had already made significant progress before the historic dialogue with the U.S. started.

Under the third-generation North Korean leader, the reclusive state has conducted its most powerful nuclear test, launched its first-ever intercontinental ballistic missile and threatened to send missiles into the waters near the U.S. territory of Guam.

Since 2011, Kim has fired more than 85 missiles and four nuclear weapons tests, which is more than what his father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim Il Sung, launched over a period of 27 years.


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Falcon Heavy’s first commercial flight is ‘huge’ as ‘an inflection point’ for SpaceX, banker says

Falcon Heavy ranks as the most powerful rocket in the world, with 27 engines creating 5.1 million pounds of thrust – the equivalent of about 18 Boeing 747 aircraft combined. For all the rocket’s gusto, however, the question of whether Falcon Heavy would succeed in both winning contracts and launching valuable payloads remained. Falcon Heavy was unveiled in 2011 and, following development delays, Kim said “critics were thinking: ‘When will revenue truly be generated?'” Over the past year, the man


Falcon Heavy ranks as the most powerful rocket in the world, with 27 engines creating 5.1 million pounds of thrust – the equivalent of about 18 Boeing 747 aircraft combined. For all the rocket’s gusto, however, the question of whether Falcon Heavy would succeed in both winning contracts and launching valuable payloads remained. Falcon Heavy was unveiled in 2011 and, following development delays, Kim said “critics were thinking: ‘When will revenue truly be generated?'” Over the past year, the man
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Falcon Heavy's first commercial flight is 'huge' as 'an inflection point' for SpaceX, banker says

Falcon Heavy ranks as the most powerful rocket in the world, with 27 engines creating 5.1 million pounds of thrust – the equivalent of about 18 Boeing 747 aircraft combined. For all the rocket’s gusto, however, the question of whether Falcon Heavy would succeed in both winning contracts and launching valuable payloads remained. Falcon Heavy was unveiled in 2011 and, following development delays, Kim said “critics were thinking: ‘When will revenue truly be generated?'”

The maiden launch did not carry a paying customer, but rather launched SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s car into orbit around the sun. The demonstration flight was enough for a few customers to sign on. Over the past year, the manifest of Falcon Heavy grew to five contracted missions. Two of those launch contracts came from the Air Force, showing key support from a customer with likely the world’s highest rocket standards.

So until Falcon Heavy’s launch on Thursday, Musk’s company had yet to deliver on the money it had been paid for the rocket. That, more than anything, set the second flight of Falcon Heavy apart, Kim believes.

“Revenue creation is so important because it confirms that there are buyers out there,” Kim said.


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Falcon Heavy ranks as the most powerful rocket in the world, with 27 engines creating 5.1 million pounds of thrust – the equivalent of about 18 Boeing 747 aircraft combined. For all the rocket’s gusto, however, the question of whether Falcon Heavy would succeed in both winning contracts and launching valuable payloads remained. Falcon Heavy was unveiled in 2011 and, following development delays, Kim said “critics were thinking: ‘When will revenue truly be generated?'” Over the past year, the man


Falcon Heavy ranks as the most powerful rocket in the world, with 27 engines creating 5.1 million pounds of thrust – the equivalent of about 18 Boeing 747 aircraft combined. For all the rocket’s gusto, however, the question of whether Falcon Heavy would succeed in both winning contracts and launching valuable payloads remained. Falcon Heavy was unveiled in 2011 and, following development delays, Kim said “critics were thinking: ‘When will revenue truly be generated?'” Over the past year, the man
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Falcon Heavy's first commercial flight is 'huge' as 'an inflection point' for SpaceX, banker says

Falcon Heavy ranks as the most powerful rocket in the world, with 27 engines creating 5.1 million pounds of thrust – the equivalent of about 18 Boeing 747 aircraft combined. For all the rocket’s gusto, however, the question of whether Falcon Heavy would succeed in both winning contracts and launching valuable payloads remained. Falcon Heavy was unveiled in 2011 and, following development delays, Kim said “critics were thinking: ‘When will revenue truly be generated?'”

The maiden launch did not carry a paying customer, but rather launched SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s car into orbit around the sun. The demonstration flight was enough for a few customers to sign on. Over the past year, the manifest of Falcon Heavy grew to five contracted missions. Two of those launch contracts came from the Air Force, showing key support from a customer with likely the world’s highest rocket standards.

So until Falcon Heavy’s launch on Thursday, Musk’s company had yet to deliver on the money it had been paid for the rocket. That, more than anything, set the second flight of Falcon Heavy apart, Kim believes.

“Revenue creation is so important because it confirms that there are buyers out there,” Kim said.


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Kim Jong Un is skirting sanctions and pursuing this energy strategy to keep North Korea afloat

Sanctions have squeezed many North Korean industries that rely on imports of gasoline and diesel fuel, including agriculture, transportation and the military. Additionally, the UN Security Council has banned key North Korean exports, including coal and iron ore — key revenue generators for the North Korean economy. Collapsed talks in Hanoi between Trump and Kimin February have only made the situation murkier for North Korea. It’s unclear what Trump will do next after tweeting last month that he


Sanctions have squeezed many North Korean industries that rely on imports of gasoline and diesel fuel, including agriculture, transportation and the military. Additionally, the UN Security Council has banned key North Korean exports, including coal and iron ore — key revenue generators for the North Korean economy. Collapsed talks in Hanoi between Trump and Kimin February have only made the situation murkier for North Korea. It’s unclear what Trump will do next after tweeting last month that he
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Kim Jong Un is skirting sanctions and pursuing this energy strategy to keep North Korea afloat

With President Donald Trump pushing hard to denuclearize North Korea, Kim Jong Un must contend with a major domestic crisis sparked by UN sanctions: how to fuel his ailing economy and military that nuclear energy is off limits and the amount of oil and energy products he can trade has been restricted.

It’s a hard balancing act for the young dictator whose goal now is to develop alternative energy — everything from wind and tidal power to transforming coal into liquid synthetic fuels.

Time is of the essence. Sanctions have squeezed many North Korean industries that rely on imports of gasoline and diesel fuel, including agriculture, transportation and the military. Factories have closed due to a lack of raw materials and an inability to keep the lights on. Additionally, the UN Security Council has banned key North Korean exports, including coal and iron ore — key revenue generators for the North Korean economy. As a result, many people are unemployed and food is scarce.

Collapsed talks in Hanoi between Trump and Kimin February have only made the situation murkier for North Korea. Trump demanded Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons. No agreement was made, and Kim needs sanction relief. It’s unclear what Trump will do next after tweeting last month that he wanted to remove new sanctions against North Korea.

In the meantime, North Korea has been doing illegal ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products and coal, according to a UN report. Its operatives have been caught by cybersecurity McAfee hacking businesses around the world. The vast majority were in the U.S., including Houston, an energy hub, though McAfee did not name specific targets.


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The day North Korea talks collapsed, Trump passed Kim a note demanding he turn over his nukes

It was the first time that Trump himself had explicitly defined what he meant by denuclearization directly to Kim, the source said. Bolton did not disclose in those interviews the pivotal U.S. expectation contained in the document that North Korea should transfer its nuclear weapons and fissile material to the United States. The document appeared to represent Bolton’s long-held and hardline “Libya model” of denuclearization that North Korea has rejected repeatedly. The idea of North Korea handin


It was the first time that Trump himself had explicitly defined what he meant by denuclearization directly to Kim, the source said. Bolton did not disclose in those interviews the pivotal U.S. expectation contained in the document that North Korea should transfer its nuclear weapons and fissile material to the United States. The document appeared to represent Bolton’s long-held and hardline “Libya model” of denuclearization that North Korea has rejected repeatedly. The idea of North Korea handin
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The day North Korea talks collapsed, Trump passed Kim a note demanding he turn over his nukes

On the day that their talks in Hanoi collapsed last month, U.S. President Donald Trump handed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a piece of paper that included a blunt call for the transfer of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the United States, according to the document seen by Reuters.

Trump gave Kim both Korean and English-language versions of the U.S. position at Hanoi’s Metropole hotel on Feb. 28, according to a source familiar with the discussions, speaking on condition of anonymity. It was the first time that Trump himself had explicitly defined what he meant by denuclearization directly to Kim, the source said.

A lunch between the two leaders was canceled the same day. While neither side has presented a complete account of why the summit collapsed, the document may help explain it.

The document’s existence was first mentioned by White House national security advisor John Bolton in television interviews he gave after the two-day summit. Bolton did not disclose in those interviews the pivotal U.S. expectation contained in the document that North Korea should transfer its nuclear weapons and fissile material to the United States.

The document appeared to represent Bolton’s long-held and hardline “Libya model” of denuclearization that North Korea has rejected repeatedly. It probably would have been seen by Kim as insulting and provocative, analysts said.

Trump had previously distanced himself in public comments from Bolton’s approach and said a “Libya model” would be employed only if a deal could not be reached.

The idea of North Korea handing over its weapons was first proposed by Bolton in 2004. He revived the proposal last year when Trump named him as national security advisor.

The document was meant to provide the North Koreans with a clear and concise definition of what the United States meant by “final, fully verifiable, denuclearization,” the source familiar with discussions said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The State Department declined to comment on what would be a classified document.

After the summit, a North Korean official accused Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of “gangster-like” demands, saying Pyongyang was considering suspending talks with the United States and may rethink its self-imposed ban on missile and nuclear tests.

The English version of the document, seen by Reuters, called for “fully dismantling North Korea’s nuclear infrastructure, chemical and biological warfare program and related dual-use capabilities; and ballistic missiles, launchers, and associated facilities.”

Aside from the call for the transfer of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and bomb fuel, the document had four other key points.

It called on North Korea to provide a comprehensive declaration of its nuclear program and full access to U.S. and international inspectors; to halt all related activities and construction of any new facilities; to eliminate all nuclear infrastructure; and to transition all nuclear program scientists and technicians to commercial activities.

The summit in Vietnam’s capital was cut short after Trump and Kim failed to reach a deal on the extent of economic sanctions relief for North Korea in exchange for its steps to give up its nuclear program.

The first summit between Trump and Kim, which took place in Singapore in June 2018, was almost called off after the North Koreans rejected Bolton’s repeated demands for it to follow a denuclearization model under which components of Libya’s nuclear program were shipped to the United States in 2004.

Seven years after a denuclearization agreement was reached between the United States and Libya’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi, the United States took part in a NATO-led military operation against his government and he was overthrown by rebels and killed.


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Kim showered Trump with flattery in letter before Hanoi summit

Kim wanted the discussions “strictly at the Trump and KJU level,” said a current U.S. official, referring to the North Korean leader. The letter helped create the momentum for the Hanoi summit, as it came when diplomacy was somewhat dormant over the December holidays, regional analysts said. But it echoed other signals that the North Korean regime sought to cut Pompeo and Beguin and the professionals out of the process. The administration has offered a different account, saying discussions began


Kim wanted the discussions “strictly at the Trump and KJU level,” said a current U.S. official, referring to the North Korean leader. The letter helped create the momentum for the Hanoi summit, as it came when diplomacy was somewhat dormant over the December holidays, regional analysts said. But it echoed other signals that the North Korean regime sought to cut Pompeo and Beguin and the professionals out of the process. The administration has offered a different account, saying discussions began
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Kim showered Trump with flattery in letter before Hanoi summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un heaped praise on President Donald Trump in a letter to the White House before a summit between the two leaders last month in Vietnam, while making clear he wished to negotiate only with the president and not his envoys, current and former U.S. officials told NBC News.

The letter appeared aimed at cutting out the U.S. envoy to North Korea, Stephen Beguin, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the discussions on the regime’s nuclear and missile arsenal, while seeking to appeal to the president’s ego, said one current and two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

While Kim sought to curry favor with Trump before the Hanoi meeting, their second one-on-one summit, officials across the U.S. government as well as allied governments worked to prevent the president from giving up too much in the negotiations, the current and former officials said.

“A huge amount of energy was devoted to avoiding disaster,” said one former U.S. official. “They were playing defense.”

Kim wanted the discussions “strictly at the Trump and KJU level,” said a current U.S. official, referring to the North Korean leader.

“It was about flattery, that only the president could deliver peace,” said the former U.S. official.

The regime appeared to believe it had a better chance of securing a favorable agreement in exclusively direct talks with the president than in a more traditional negotiation with Trump’s deputies preceding a one-on-one meeting, former officials and a foreign diplomat said.

A spokesperson for the National Security Council declined to comment.

When asked about the letter and the pre-summit preparations, a State Department spokesperson said, “We don’t comment on the details of our private diplomatic conversations.”

Kim’s letter tapped into Trump’s own inclinations about how to conduct negotiations, with an emphasis on his personal role and his deal making skills, as opposed to a more lengthy, detailed process carried out between the leaders’ deputies, current and former officials said.

The letter helped create the momentum for the Hanoi summit, as it came when diplomacy was somewhat dormant over the December holidays, regional analysts said.

But it echoed other signals that the North Korean regime sought to cut Pompeo and Beguin and the professionals out of the process. U.S. diplomats met with resistance when attempting to lay the groundwork for the Feb. 27-28 summit in Hanoi, which then ended abruptly without an agreement.

Former officials said working-level, detailed discussions establishing the summit agenda and the outlines of a potential agreement only began in earnest a week before the summit.

The administration has offered a different account, saying discussions began much earlier with talks between Beguin and his North Korean counterparts.

U.S. officials said Kim offered to dismantle the Yongbyon nuclear site in return for the end of the bulk of U.N. economic sanctions on the country. Trump said he rejected the offer, telling reporters: “Sometimes you have to walk, and this was just one of those times.”

Trump has cited a series of letters from the North Korean leader as proof of his excellent relationship with Kim. In September, Trump said at a rally in West Virginia that after initial tensions earlier in his presidency, the two “fell in love.”

“No, really, he wrote me beautiful letters, and they’re great letters. We fell in love.”

The Japanese government was involved in the effort to keep Trump from making concessions and remained deeply concerned about a potential damaging outcome in the run-up to the Hanoi talks. At the first summit between the two leaders last year in Singapore, Trump took allies and his own military commanders by surprise when he announced Washington would curtail military exercises on the Korean peninsula.

The pre-Hanoi briefings were largely about making sure the president understood what not to agree to in Hanoi, as opposed to focusing on a potential deal, the sources said.

“Ultimately Trump told Kim Jong Un no and walked away, which we see as a positive outcome,” the current official said.

The Hanoi discussions were scheduled to conclude with a signing ceremony for an unspecified agreement, but the summit was cut short — even before Trump and Kim could sit down for a planned lunch. The White House announced there would be nothing to sign.

Former officials said North Korea’s negotiating stance made it relatively easy for the United States to walk away from the talks, as it offered a vague proposal on its Yongbyon nuclear site in return for a major concession in the form of a relaxation of the bulk of international sanctions.

Both national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Pompeo advised the president to reject the offer, former officials said.


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