East Asia Summit: PM Modi meets his Australian counterpart

Hannah Rogers
November 16, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the successful test of an unspecified "newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon", state media reported Friday, in an apparent bid to apply pressure on the United States and South Korea.

As the Daily Wire's Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro noted recently, North Korea hasn't halted its missile development program, even though it assured American negotiators it was ending its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

"He's tiptoeing towards a more aggressive posture in negotiations with the United States and he's signaling that he's not going to give way and can simply return to his old practices if (the US) don't change their approach", Josh Pollack, senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterrey, told CNN.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump at the start of their historic U.S.

Sparse additional information provided by KCNA said that the weapon had been commissioned "personally" by Kim's late father and predecessor, Kim Jong-il.

"North Korea is trying to show its soldiers that they are becoming high-tech and keeping a certain level of military capability, while trying to eliminate dissatisfaction and worries inside its military", he added. No details have been given as to what kind of weapon was tested.

The man, identified as Lawrence Bruce Byron, had been in custody after crossing into North Korea from China on October 16, it said.

"Like you, we seek an Indo-Pacific in which all nations, large and small, can prosper and thrive - secure in our sovereignty, confident in our values, and growing stronger together", Pence said.

It comes amid stalled Pyongyang-Washington negotiations and represents the first publicly revealed North Korean weapon test this year -a year which has seen Kim announce a moratorium on missile and nuclear tests. Trump has reportedly weighed the option of a similar declaration in a prospective second summit between him and Kim. Trump also expressed appreciation to Moon for showing close partnership in efforts to realize denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, according to presidential officials.

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On Monday, the New York Times published a report, citing satellite surveillance and expert analyses, on missile sites hidden in North Korea's mountains.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been due to meet North Korea's Kim Yong Chol, a senior aide to Kim Jong Un, in NY earlier this month, but it was postponed to a later date.

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"President Trump continues to be very hopeful that in that next summit, we'll come out with a plan for actually implementing and achieving denuclearizsation".

Pence told reporters in Singapore that he had been struck in conversations with world leaders by "the connection that President Trump has made" with them through his vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Worldwide weapons experts said the officials around Kim included a leader of the artillery corps of the Korean People's Army.

"To put it into perspective, think about what any country does - there are weapons, there are parades - but when North Korea does it, it is imbued with greater meaning", he said.

A further issue may be media bias against the current usa administration. During the meeting, the Modi told Pence that the USA has a "great opportunity" to set up defence manufacturing in India, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

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