President Trump made historic progress with North Korea over his first two years in office. But new reports indicate that North Korea is continuing to use its old tactics and is conning the United States.
It is unclear how President Trump will respond to this new information, but it seems to be why Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently canceled a high-level meeting with the North Korean regime.
According to Fox News:
North Korea is conning the United States, building up secret, smaller missile bases even after publicly touting the dismantling of its main launch site, according to a new review of satellite images by a top think tank.
Citing new satellite pictures, the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Beyond Parallel program identified what appears to be missile operating bases that have never been acknowledged by North Korean officials. CSIS’ conclusions were not immediately independently confirmed.
The report identified about 15 to 20 bases being operated by the Korean People’s Army’s Strategic Force, based on information from officials in the government, defense and intelligence, as well as North Korean defectors.
The findings come amid a stalemate in denuclearization talks between the U.S. and North Korea. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s meeting with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol, was canceled last week. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the meeting that was set for last Thursday in New York “will now take place at a later date.”
President Trump has issued reassurances that progress is being made, but these new reports seem to suggest otherwise. A response could be likely but it is unclear if that will include increased sanctions or force.