March 06, 2019

Activity at North Korean launch site sours Trump’s post-Hanoi honeymoon with Kim

Featuring Duyeon Kim

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist John Hudson

When President Trump abruptly walked away last week from a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, he emphasized that it was not an angry walk, “it was a very friendly walk,” and he hoped the two sides would return to the negotiating table “soon.”

One week later, however, the negotiating process appears more fragile than ever following reports that North Korea has begun rebuilding a satellite rocket launchpad and engine test site it previously said it was dismantling.

Analysts said the move demonstrates the volatility of a negotiating process that started with Trump’s threats of North Korea’s total destruction, followed by a pair of cordial and historic summits between the two leaders, and may now enter a third phase of renewed saber-rattling.

Read the full article and more in The Washington Post.

Authors

  • Duyeon Kim

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Duyeon Kim is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her expertise includes the two Koreas, nuclear ...