Even attempting a summit between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un is surely one of the greatest high wire acts in diplomatic history -- two unpredictable leaders meeting in Singapore to negotiate the total elimination of what just last year was considered the gravest threat facing the United States. The stakes couldn't be higher. Donald Trump is demanding the complete dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons program. To Kim Jong Un those weapons -- the nuclear warheads and the missiles that would carry them -- are his country's most valuable possession. He is being asked to lay all his nuclear secrets on the table. As we reported in previous stories for 60 Minutes, U.S. Intelligence agencies have expended enormous effort trying to uncover those secrets as North Korea developed not only a nuclear arsenal but the capability to reach the United States. At the National Air and Space Intelligence Center – NASIC for short - more than 100 photo interpreters, … [Read more...] about North Korea Summit: What’s at stake when President Trump meets with Kim Jong Un?
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In 2017, North Korea conducted 20 test launches of missiles, virtually each one personally approved by the country's young dictator, Kim Jong-un. With every test, North Korea took a step toward its ultimate goal: an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States with a thermonuclear warhead. On Tuesday, the leaders of the two countries will come together for a historic summit to discuss steps by which Kim potentially dismantles that nuclear program. This week on 60 Minutes, correspondent David Martin and producer Mary Walsh report how far the North Koreans have gotten with their missile technology to this point Martin and Walsh interviewed Hugh Griffiths, head of the team that monitors the North Korean missile program and their compliance with sanctions for the U.N. Security Council. During the interview, Griffiths showed the 60 Minutes team a series of stunning photos of rocket debris, which revealed the inner workings of a North Korean missile. "What … [Read more...] about Inside North Korea’s missiles
Tara Francis Chan, provided by Published 4:07 am, Monday, April 9, 2018 STR/AFP/Getty Images North Korean state media has not reported on US-South Korean military drills that began a week ago. The month-long joint military exercises usually agitate North Korea, which has responded with provocations in the past. As sanctions take hold, the silence may be part of Kim Jong Un's hope to hold constructive talks with South Korea and the US in coming weeks. North Korea has remained strangely silent as US-South Korean military drills got underway this month, an event that usually agitates the hermit state’s leader Kim Jong Un. The latest joint military exercises, which were postponed until after the Winter Olympics, began on April 1. North Korea has a history of provocative actions during the drills but there has been no overt actions so far, and the country's state media has made almost no mention of the drills. The observation was made by Ankit Panda, a senior … [Read more...] about The US is a week into the military drill that terrifies Kim Jong Un — but North Korea has been strangely silent
North Korea held a major military parade today, displaying thousands of troops and major military equipment—much of it nuclear-capable.The regime made a point of flaunting its nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, including the new long-range missiles potentially capable of reaching the continental United States as well as previously unseen short-range missiles. These weapons are North Korea’s strategy for ensuring the survival of leader Kim Jong-un and the survival of his regime. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The parade was held in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army. Troops and their equipment thundered through Kim Il Sung Square, past a reviewing stand where Kim’s grandson and the current leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, stood. While the event itself wasn't unusual, it was also a case of lucky timing: The parade took place just before the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics in … [Read more...] about Here’s the Play-By-Play of North Korea’s Pre-Olympics Missile Parade
By The Associated Press2015-01-01 07:33:20 UTC North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in New Year's speech Thursday that he is open to more talks with Seoul or even a summit with his South Korean counterpart, but stressed North Korea will continue to strengthen its military amid an atmosphere of distrust and tension while trying to diversify its economy and raise the national standard of living. See also: How North Koreans might be able to watch 'The Interview' Kim's call for improving inter-Korea relations comes as Pyongyang is facing heightened criticism over its human rights record and souring ties with Washington over allegations it was involved in the massive hacking attack on Sony Pictures, which has caused major economic damage to the company and clouded the release of "The Interview," a dark comedy that portrayed an assassination attempt on Kim. North Korea has denied involvement, but said the hack was a "righteous deed" and suggested it might have been carried out by … [Read more...] about North Korea’s Kim Jong Un open to ‘highest-level’ talks with South