North Korea Retaliates As Relations Sour

A less than successful summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un is already showing effects.

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Yonhap News Agency in South Korea as well as two think tanks in the U.S. report that North Korea is restoring the Sohae Satellite Launching Station at Tongchang-ri. The rocket test site was partially dismantled as a concession to the U.S. after Trump and Kim’s first summit. 

John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser, spoke with Fox Business Network on the matter and revealed what he expects will happen if North Korea doesn’t give up its “nuclear weapons program and everything associated with it.”

“If they’re not willing to do it, then I think President Trump has been very clear … they’re not going to get relief from the crushing economic sanctions that have been imposed on them and we’ll look at ramping those sanctions up in fact,” Bolton shared.

While U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has voiced the hope of easing ties by sending a delegation to North Korea, the recent developments at the Sohae site coupled with Bolton’s comments don’t bode well for the prospect. 

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