This is believed to prove the transfer of radioactive material. If so, that could means the restart of reprocessing. The U.S. State Department declined to comment. Trump has met Kim twice in the past year to try to persuade him to abandon a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States, but progress was slow. Last month, a senior North Korean official warned that Kim might rethink the test freeze unless Washington made concessions. Kim himself said he was only interested in meeting Trump again if the United States came with the right attitude. He added he will wait “till the end of this year” for the United States to decide to be more flexible.
Experts have estimated the size of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal at anywhere between 20 and 60 warheads. The North Korean leader’s strategic intent is to free his nuclear and ballistic missile program from U.S. threats of force, and to dissipate the international sanctions regime. It will be an imminent summit between Kim and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin confirmed Monday that a meeting was being planned, but declined to provide any details. No one could anticipate the result but it’s supposed to influence the U.S. attitude in the future.