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Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:51 pm

North Korea is expected to go through a hectic schedule next month amid stalled denuclearization talks as the communist nation prepares for major political events that may show its policy directions after a no-deal summit with the United States.

North Korea's biggest upcoming event domestically will be the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) slated for April 11. It will be the first time the legislature will meet since 687 new deputies were elected in nationwide polls earlier this month.
This year's meeting is also drawing keen attention as to whether the North will give its leader Kim Jong-un a new title or tweak its power structure.

Kim was not among the new deputies, an unprecedented move that prompted speculation about why he decided not to take a parliamentary seat. There has been speculation that the North may amend the constitution to make Kim the country's official head of state.

Under the North's current constitution, Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the SPA, is recognized as head of the state.

South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) recently said it is keeping a close eye on North Korea's possible constitutional revision at the SPA.

https://m-en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20190331 ... tion=nk/nk

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Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:33 pm

A U.S. reconnaissance aircraft specialized in observing ballistic missiles arrived at a U.S. air base in Okinawa, Japan, on Saturday, fueling speculation that a North Korean rocket launch may be imminent.

According to Aircraft Spots, a Twitter account that tracks military aircraft worldwide, a U.S. Air Force RC-135S plane was seen arriving at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday after departing from a U.S. military base in the Indian Ocean earlier that same day.

The U.S. Air Force only has three Boeing RC-135Ss in operation, which were deployed to Kadena in rotation in 2017 when the North test-fired more than a dozen missiles over a span of several months.

The spy planes - known as Cobra Ball - are equipped with radar, infrared and visible spectrum cameras that can track ballistic missiles - and the possible warheads or satellites attached to them - in their final phase of flight.

The plane in question is believed to have been redirected from the island base at Diego Garcia to Okinawa after observing an anti-satellite missile test by the Indian military on Thursday.

While these planes’ transponders are usually turned off during military operations to avoid detection, this most recent deployment could have been intentionally left visible by the United States.

The last time Cobra Ball planes were spotted near the Korean Peninsula was on Nov. 29, 2017 - the last time North Korea tested its Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The missile is believed to have the theoretical capacity of reaching the U.S. mainland.
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Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:28 pm

North Korea could be on the brink of a missile launch from a pad on its western coast, said a South Korean official on Monday.

A series of ominous signs - the foremost being the near complete restoration of a missile launch site on the western coast - is fueling speculation that the regime is gearing up to launch its first rocket since its rapprochement with first South Korea and then the United States last year - a move that could reverse a year’s worth of engagement.

Backing up a briefing made by Seoul’s spy chief, Suh Hoon, at South Korea’s National Assembly last Friday, the official said the North’s reconstruction of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, which started in February, is effectively complete, and a launch only needs a go-ahead from leader Kim Jong-un.

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Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:48 pm

It's interesting that they took such a long break from launching. It makes me wonder if there is a launch, if it will be something huge. Such as a test missile that actually flies to the US.
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Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:04 am

Travis The Dragon wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:48 pm
It's interesting that they took such a long break from launching. It makes me wonder if there is a launch, if it will be something huge. Such as a test missile that actually flies to the US.
Who knows at this point. He can pretty much do whatever he wants to do with little to no consequences.

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Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:55 pm

"Let's see how it works out" with the #DPRK, says @POTUS, again noting he has a great relationship with Kim Jong Un but he had to walk away from the deal. https://t.co/uNpe4vrwWy

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Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:47 pm

krzepice1976 wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:55 pm
"Let's see how it works out" with the #DPRK, says @POTUS, again noting he has a great relationship with Kim Jong Un but he had to walk away from the deal. https://t.co/uNpe4vrwWy
Talk is that North Korea walked away when the US presented them a demand to turn over all their nuclear weapons.

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DEFCONWarningSystem wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:47 pm
krzepice1976 wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:55 pm
"Let's see how it works out" with the #DPRK, says @POTUS, again noting he has a great relationship with Kim Jong Un but he had to walk away from the deal. https://t.co/uNpe4vrwWy
Talk is that North Korea walked away when the US presented them a demand to turn over all their nuclear weapons.
That's the way I understood it as well. Perhaps that was deliberate, so when going back with a lesser demand it looks like we're giving something up?
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Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:24 am

My problem is why the US would make such a demand and then not back it up? It seems like they had no contingency plan if NK walked away from the deal.

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Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:37 pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may hold his first-ever summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week when Putin travels to the Far East on his way to an international conference in China, sources said Monday.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to make a trip to the Far East region around April 24," a source told Yonhap News Agency. "Chances are fairly high that a summit between Russia and North Korea could take place around that time."
https://m-en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20190415001700325?

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