Citizen trying to leave North Korea detained

Cheryl Sanders
April 24, 2017

Kim Dong Chul, who was born in South Korea but is also believed to have U.S. citizenship, is serving a sentence of 10 years for espionage.

Yesterday, Bishop fired back saying "The North Korean government should invest in the welfare of its long-suffering citizens, rather than weapons of mass destruction".

Trump spoke by phone with both the Japanese and Chinese leaders Monday. According to Curtis Melvin, a senior fellow at the U.S. -Korea Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a frequent contributor to the North Korea-watching "38 North" website, it is part of a larger conglomerate of entities that includes the Ryugyong Kimchi Factory, the Ryugyong Household Goods Factory and the Ryugyong Electric Appliances Factory, along with a popular fitness center and spa in Pyongyang.

"North Korea's unlawful weapons programs represent a clear, grave threat to U.S. national security", Pentagon spokesman Gary Ross said.

In the interview, Bishop supported the Trump administration's "creative ways to meet the North Korea challenge".

"They are working with us on North Korea".

A statement of the Foreign Ministry, released on Friday and read out on state TV on Saturday, said North Korea possessed a "powerful nuclear deterrent" which would enable it to react to a "total war with an all-out war".

Angered by the approach of the USS Carl Vinson carrier group, a defiant North Korea said on Monday the deployment was "an extremely risky act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade".

The man, who also goes by his Korean name Sang-duk Kim, was arrested when he was about to leave the country "after several weeks of service teaching at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology", the university said.

North Korea has been the target of a broad array of tough sanctions by the USA and the UN Security Council over its nuclear and missile tests.

"This is only going to inflame the situation and make it more hard for us to resolve the overarching issue of getting North Korea to stop developing a nuclear weapon", Locke said. It also launched a long-range rocket a year ago that delivered a satellite into orbit, which Washington, Seoul and others saw as a banned test of missile technology.

On April 15, North Korea offered a fresh look at its advancing nuclear weapons and missiles program in a massive military parade in Pyongyang honouring late state founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of the current ruler.

Analysts say North Korea is also likely developing solid-fuel ICBMs, and that some of the canisters might have contained prototypes.

"We agreed to strongly demand that North Korea, which is repeating its provocation, show restraint", Abe later told reporters.

In March, the North's state media reported that the country successfully conducted a ground test of a new high-thrust rocket engine, which it said was a breakthrough for the country's space programme and efforts to create "Korean-style strategic weapons".

While North Korea nearly certainly needs more time to create a solid-fuel ICBM, test launches for its existing liquid-fuel ICBMs, including the KN-08s and KN-14s, could come much sooner.

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence toured the demilitarized zone that separates the North from South Korea, and declared that "all options were on the table" and that Kim should not test the U.S.'s "strength and resolve".

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