Ryan Pickrell – January 11, 2017
Satellite imagery shows “significant tunneling” at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site, a report revealed Thursday.
In his New Year’s address, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un said the North is “open to dialogue” with the South, and the two sides met face-to-face for the first time in two years Tuesday. While the two Koreas noted the need for peace on the peninsula, the North expressed frustration when the South tried to address its illegal nuclear program.
North Korea supposedly extended an olive branch in the speech to its southern neighbor. The young North Korean despot also ordered the mass production and rapid deployment of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles to bolster the state nuclear force.
The North Korean leader claimed that he has a button on his desk to order a nuclear strike against the U.S., but for Kim to field a reliable nuclear deterrent against the U.S. and its allies, additional weapons testing will be undoubtedly be required.
DW – September 11, 2017
China and Russia both backed the UN Security Council resolution drafted by the US which imposes new sanctions on North Korea, including a ban on textile exports and restricting shipments of oil products.
Speaking as the council passed the resolution in New York on Monday night, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the US was not looking for war with North Korea and Pyongyang has “not yet passed the point of no return.”
“If it agrees to stop its nuclear program, it can reclaim its future,” she told the Security Council. “If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it.”
This was in reference to calls from both China and Russia for talks with the North Korean regime. Haley acknowledged what she called a “strong relationship” between US President Donald Trump and Chinese Premier Xi who had played a key role in negotiating the new sanctions.
TruNews – August 25, 2017
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley has been in Vienna this week to discuss the International Atomic Energy Agency’s efforts to keep tabs on Iran’s nuclear program.
She first met with IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano to discuss U.S. concerns that Iran strictly adhere to its obligations under the Obama administration-negotiated nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. They also discussed ways to prevent Iran from exploiting ambiguous language in the deal.
Haley later met with IAEA inspectors who work directly with Iran’s nuclear scientists, who she thanked for their vital work of monitoring and verifying Iran’s compliance. She made it clear the U.S. insists that IAA inspectors have full access to all facilities related to the JCPOA.
DW – August 15, 2017
Iran President Hassan Rouhani has threatened to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal if the US continues to impose new sanctions. Rouhani told the parliament that his US counterpart, Donald Trump, was “not a good partner.”
Iran’s Hassan Rouhani cast doubt over the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, threatening to walk away from the deal and restart the country nuclear program if the US continued to impose new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Rouhani warned that Iran could go nuclear again “in an hour and a day” if the US refused to cease its “threats and sanctions.”
“Those who try to return to the language of threats and sanctions are prisoners of their past delusions,” Rouhani said in the televised parliamentary address. “If they want to go back to that experience, definitely in a short time – not weeks or months, but in the scale of hours and days – we will return to our previous situation very much more stronger.”
July 20, 2016
The Obama administration hid from Congress key information about a secret deal with Iran permitting it to maintain critical aspects of its nuclear program, according to a leading member of Congress, who exclusively told the Washington Free Beacon that these disclosures invalidate the entirety of last summer’s nuclear agreement with Iran.
The revelation of the secret deal is being described by congressional insiders as further proof the Obama administration misled lawmakers and the American public about the terms of last summer’s nuclear agreement, which was framed by top U.S. officials as the only way to stop Iran’s march toward a nuclear weapon. There “will be hell to pay” as a result of the disclosure, according to one senior congressional source apprised of the situation.