North Korea to Expel US Citizen Detained for Illegally Entering State

Carla Harmon
November 19, 2018

North Korea said on Friday (Nov 16) it had expelled a USA citizen who tried to enter illegally, an unusually swift resolution of a case that could have further complicated reconciliation moves between the two countries.

Political observers say that China is capable of disrupting the agreement reached between the USA and North Korea under President Donald Trump's leadership.

Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at Seoul's Kyungnam University, said by touting a modernised weapon, Kim could seek to measure hard-line military generals and the public in North Korea who might be anxious about a nuclear-free future.

According to NPR, "North Korea's official KCNA news agency identified the American as Bruce Byron Lowrance and said that he had told his captors that he was controlled by the CIA".

"DPRK-U.S. negotiations have reached a deadlock", the North Korean media said in a commentary asking "can we trust the U.S.?"

Asked about the test, the U.S. State Department said that American and North Korean officials are talking about implementing the commitments that Trump and Kim made during their June meeting in Singapore.

It's the first publicly known field inspection of a weapons test by Kim Jong Un since he observed the testing of the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile in November of a year ago, according to South Korea's Unification Ministry.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in here on Saturday, calling for deepening the strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries and strengthening communication on the Korean peninsula issue.

His parents say his death was the outcome of torture but North Korea says he contracted botulism during detention.

"We remain confident that the promises made by President Trump and Chairman Kim will be fulfilled", a spokesman said in a statement.

During their talks, Ri expressed his desire to invite the South Korean governor to the North, and Lee replied he is "ready" and would like to make the visit after preparing detailed plans. It's the first mention of a new development in its weapons program in months.

It was all hand-shakes and smiles over the summer, when North Korea agreed to work towards denuclearization.

Shin said the weapon North Korea tested could be a missile, artillery, an anti-air gun, a drone or other high-tech conventional weapons systems.

Typically, North Korea will hold Americans for much longer than a month. In fact, in a New Year's Day address this year Kim said he would "mass produce" nuclear warheads and missiles.

It was Kim's first publicized visit to a weapons test site since the North test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile toward Japan on November 28.

Last year's string of increasingly powerful weapons tests, many experts believe, put the North on the brink of a viable arsenal of nuclear-tipped missiles that can target anywhere in the mainland United States.

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