Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Snookered

To no one’s surprise at all.

U.S. spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence.

Newly obtained evidence, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, indicates that work is underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe classified intelligence.

The findings are the latest to show ongoing activity inside North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities at a time when the country’s leaders are engaged in arms talks with the United States. The new intelligence does not suggest an expansion of North Korea’s capabilities but shows that work on advanced weapons is continuing weeks after President Trump declared in a Twitter posting that Pyongyang was “no longer a Nuclear Threat.”

Kim Jon-un’s next offer to Trump: there’s a bridge in Brooklyn that’s just come on the market…

Did anyone really think that a smile and a handshake would end nearly seventy years of hostility and the total shut-down of the one thing that North Korea has that has any clout outside of their sealed-off world?

Now Trump is talking about meeting up with Iran’s president without any pre-conditions at all.  (Remember when Obama said he’d consider talking to our adversaries and the right-wingers hit the roof?)  So far Iran is not interested — they don’t think it’s worth their time talking to a lunatic, I guess — but they could be passing up a great opportunity to get a free pass to start up their nuclear program again.