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US General Notes 'Little to No' Progress on North Korea's Capabilities

13 February 2019, 07:07 | Glen Norman

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However the USA president, along with the top US envoy to North Korea, Stephen Biegun, have said they are not discussing a troop withdrawal or reduction in the peninsula.

There has been little concrete progress since, but in September, Kim expressed willingness to take steps, including the permanent dismantlement of nuclear facilities at Yongbyon, in return for "corresponding measures" by the United States.

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., raised concerns that Trump could make a bad trade in the talks, such as removing American troops from South Korea. "North Korea today is where China was in 1981".

Trump has touted an optimistic view of North Korea - once proclaiming it was no longer a threat - since his first meeting with Kim.

Two weeks before a second summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea, the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea has said he has seen "little to no verifiable change" in Pyongyang's military capabilities following last year's first meeting.

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The Trump administration's North Korean strategy has focused on Pyongyang's complete, verifiable abandonment of its nuclear arsenal.

Adm. Davidson's comments are part of INDOPACOM's annual posture statement - a comprehensive report on the unified combatant command's role, missions, accomplishments, plans, and programs - presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday in the form of written testimony.

The U.S. now has over 28,000 troops in South Korea.

He declared, however, that "the North Korean military remains formidable and risky, with no discernible differences in the assessed force structure, readiness, or lethality my predecessor reported in 2018".

"Further, North Korea's conventional and asymmetric military capabilities along with their continued development of advanced conventional systems remains unchecked".

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Gen. Abrams' comments fall in line with recent testimony by top USA intelligence leaders, who testified that the North Korean regime has no plans to scale back its military capabilities or fully dismantle its growing nuclear arsenal.

The top US military commander in South Korea said Tuesday that North Korea has made few, if any, changes to its military posture and has provided no evidence it intends to end its nuclear program since agreeing to do so in the summer. "These capabilities continue to hold the United States, the Republic of Korea and our regional allies at risk". "So when I look at the whole spectrum, to me North Korea.is less unsafe today than it was at the end of 2017, in spite of the fact that they may have made another five to seven weapons worth of nuclear material".

The study by Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation estimated the size of Pyongyang's arsenal at 30 nuclear weapons, bringing the possible current total up to 37. North Korea is a copy.

Donald Trump meets Kim Jong-un in the first summit between the two countries, in Singapore last June.

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