Putin to Meet North Korea's Kim in Russian Federation in April, Kremlin Says

A view of vehicles near what researchers of Beyond Parallel a CSIS project describe as being the Experimental Light Water Reactor at the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center in North Pyongan Province

North Korea is demanding that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo no longer take part in any further talks involving its nuclear weapons program.

Earlier Thursday, North Korea announced it had test-fired a new tactical guided weapon, in its first public weapons test since the summit.

But state media did not say whether it was a missile.

Her seat in the stands just feet away from United States vice-president Mike Pence gave substance to suggestions she had been entrusted to represent the regime at the highest possible level and that view was cemented when she was at the table of the first, historic inter-Korean summit between Kim Jong-un his opposite number Moon Jae-in.

"The design indexes of the tactical guided weapon whose advantages are appreciated for the peculiar mode of guiding flight and the load of a powerful warhead were perfectly verified at the test-fire conducted in various modes of firing at different targets".

Harry Kazianis, the Korean studies director for the US -based Center for the National Interest, noted that Kim never promised to stop all weapons testing.

North Korea's Air Koryo flies between Vladivostok and Pyongyang on Mondays and Fridays, but a special Air Koryo flight has been arranged for April 23, which will probably carry Kim's security team. Its report gave no details of the weapon.

Satellite images from last week showed movement at the Yongbyon nuclear site, which could be associated with the reprocessing of radioactive material into bomb fuel, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in the United States said. It added that Kim said it was "a very good thing that the field of national defence science has waged a dynamic struggle for attaining core research goals". The Soviet Union helped train Kim Jong Un's grandfather, Kim Il Sung, and set him up as its leader.

"This is the outcome we're looking for: Chairman Kim made a promise in June of previous year in Singapore".

Russian Federation announced Thursday that Kim will visit later this month for talks at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, but gave no further details.

In a speech last week, Kim said he would be prepared to meet Trump for a third summit, but only if the United States fundamentally changed its approach.

On Friday, Kim gave a speech to the country's parliament, the Supreme People's Assembly, in which he emphasized that the country would make its domestic economy self-reliant, in the face of worldwide sanctions.

This is the first weapons test made public since the second summit between the USA and the hermit kingdom in February.

Pompeo added that Kim claimed he wanted to fully dismantle the nuclear program by the end of the year; he, on the other hand, would "love to see that done sooner". "If it's a new form of cruise missile, it's irrelevant to sanctions, because the current United Nations sanctions are about ballistic missiles". The only respect in which time appears to be on Kim's side is his conventional and nuclear arsenals, which he now has time to develop.

"Kim is trying to make a statement to the Trump administration that his military potential is growing by the day, and that his regime is becoming frustrated with Washington's lack of flexibility in recent negotiations", he said in an emailed statement.

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