Stratfor: Is North Korea already balking at denuclearization?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

It appears that North Korea has, at least until recently, been conducting activities that contribute to the development of its nuclear and missile programs.

However, with no agreements yet in place, such activities do not necessarily signal unwillingness to reverse course in exchange for trade-offs from the United States. Signs will emerge in the coming negotiations between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his North Korean counterpart that will show whether Pyongyang is truly committed to denuclearization — namely, through the disclosure of sites and clearer public statements by North Korea.

What happened

According to recently released satellite imagery acquired by the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, North Korea appears to have expanded one of its missile manufacturing plants, the Chemical Material Institute located in the city of Hamhung, between April and June.

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