'Self-legitimisation': North Koreans vote for new parliament

Koreas South alert over North’s possible rocket launch

It comes after reports of new activity at a factory that produced North Korea's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US.

The Center for Strategic International Studies' Beyond Parallel last week published satellite images from March 6 and March 8 that shows new activity on a launch pad in northwestern North Korea consistent with preparations for a missile or satellite launch.

He did admit, however, that Trump would be "pretty disappointed" if Kim Jong-un chose to test launch another missile.

Interviewed on ABC's "This Week," National Security Adviser John Bolton downplayed the chances of an imminent North Korea missile test. Media outlets have been speculating about such a test amid claims of repairs taking place at a North Korean launch site.

The president's confident in his personal relationship with Kim Jong-un.

This source met with U.S. lawmakers and White House and State Department officials last Tuesday and Wednesday, after the second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump fell apart last month in Hanoi, Vietnam.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the president 'have been very clear that they remain open to the dialogue.

In his remarks, Biegun insisted that "diplomacy is still very much alive" with North Korea, but the absence of any scheduled meetings between Washington and Pyongyang, and the initiation of suspicious construction activity at the Sohae launch site has raised concerns that the positive atmosphere between Trump and Kim could quickly unravel. I don't really think it broke down.

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Trump and Kim's second summit last month collapsed over differences on USA demands for Pyongyang's denuclearization and North Korea's demand for sanctions relief.

"Trump and Kim Jong-un had had a number of conversations about what might be done to denuclearise North Korea".

The chief USA envoy for North Korea said on Monday that "diplomacy is still very much alive" with Pyongyang despite a failed summit last month, but cautioned that Washington was closely watching activity at a North Korean rocket site and did not know if it might be planning a new launch.

"The technology for making sure you put the satellite into the right orbit is the same technology for making sure the missile is on the right course", Lewis said, noting that previous North Korean launches used older technology.

South Korea is "closely tracking and looking into all activity for possible scenarios including a missile launch" across the border, in close coordination with the USA, said Kim Joon-rak, spokesperson of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

However, he said that if the North went ahead, the U.S. would be "forced to react" whether it turned out to be a missile test or a satellite launch. "He wants to make the right deal".

The two leaders went around on this several times.

With North Korea still under economic sanctions, "the leverage is on our side right now, and not on North Korea's".

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