Is North Korea's missile-test halt a signal to Washington?

Is North Korea's missile-test halt a signal to Washington?

Satellite images taken this month of a North Korean naval shipyard indicate that Pyongyang is pursuing an "aggressive schedule" to build its first operational ballistic missile submarine, a United States institute has reported.

"The paper said that several officials confirmed that the disruption efforts include another, more sophisticated attempt at the kind of cyber and electronic strikes that former President Barack Obama ordered in 2014 when he intensified his efforts to cripple North Korea's missile testing". The pause follows 15 missile tests and one hydrogen bomb explosion within nine months. Song, the head of the global department at the Central Committee of the Communist Party, may also meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

US and Japanese naval forces have begun their annual bilateral training exercise, seen as a show of force amid North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

United States nuke envoy Yun was quoted as saying on Tuesday that he doesn't know the reason behind the North's recent halt in missile testing.

The soldier was shot by his comrades Monday as he crossed the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

The US envoy added at the time that he hoped Song's trip to Pyongyang would help "forward" the goal of its denuclearization.

Parasitic worms were also common in South Korea between 40 and 50 years ago, Lee said, but disappeared as economic conditions improved.

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In an interview with National Public Radio in May, Singapore's minister of foreign affairs, Vivian Balakrishnan, had said the country was not ready to cut all diplomatic ties with North Korea.

In Colorado, Mattis will visit the US Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), which are responsible for homeland defence, including tracking and potentially intercepting North Korean missiles. When asked if he had an opinion, he said, "Let me know when you figure it out".

The visit comes one week after Xi and U.S. President Donald Trump held a summit in Beijing, where Trump urged Xi to use his power to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

Pentagon chief spokeswoman Dana White, however, said that "it's perilous to predict anything about what North Korea does or doesn't do, but we're continuing to monitor the situation". It said in a commentary that Pyongyang will not put issues directly linked to its core interests and its people's security on the negotiation table.

Onodera, for his part, told Harris that he believed a recent joint military exercise involving Japanese forces and three US aircraft carriers had sent a "very strong message" to North Korea.

"Our country plans ultimate completion of the nuclear force".

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