North Korea says it wants peace, relations with US

James Marshall
January 30, 2019

The U.S. and DPRK will likely start preparing a joint statement of Kim and Trump to be issued at their second summit scheduled for next month, the head of Seoul's National Intelligence Service (NIS), Suh Hoon said Tuesday.

"As both the DPRK and the USA are expressing satisfaction, and their working-level negotiations have begun in the earnest, we expect denuclearization talks to get a push", Suh added. -Mexican border for which Trump has considered declaring a national emergency. Last week, the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, emphasized in a national intelligence strategy document that USA spy agencies were turning their main focus away from fighting global terrorist networks toward countering Russian Federation and other state adversaries seen as geopolitical threats to the U.S.

The director of national intelligence's downbeat assessment, in testimony before a Senate committee, came just weeks ahead of a planned second summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

That assessment threw cold water on the White House's more optimistic view that the United States and North Korea will achieve a lasting peace and that the regime will ultimately give up its nuclear weapons.

The annual Worldwide Threat Assessment from the Directorate of National Intelligence (DNI), released by Coats, noted that North Korea had not conducted any nuclear or missile tests in over a year and had declared its support for the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

"We continue to assess that Iran is not now undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device", Coats told the US Senate Intelligence Committee. "However, Iranian officials have publicly threatened to reverse some of Iran's Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) commitments - and resume nuclear activities that the JCPOA limits - if Iran does not gain the tangible trade and investment benefits it expected from the deal". However, Coats and other intelligence officials made clear they see it differently.

Plans for a follow-up summit are in the works but no agenda, venue or date has been announced.

More broadly, the intelligence report on which Coats and the heads of other intelligence agencies based their testimony predicted that security threats to the United States and its allies this year will expand and diversify, driven in part by China and Russian Federation. It says Moscow and Beijing are more aligned than at any other point since the mid-1950s and their global influence is rising.

The report also said the Islamic State group "remains a terrorist and insurgent threat" inside Iraq, where the government faces "an increasingly disenchanted public".

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Newsweek about whether the Trump administration would welcome Russia's efforts to convince North Korea to denuclearize.

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