Trump Threatens To ‘Void’ ‘Special Relationship’ With Kim Jong Un After Missile Test
President Donald Trump warned North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un he could “void” their “special relationship” after reports came through that communist North Korea had successfully conducted an “important” test at a missile site.
Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore. He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere…. https://t.co/THfOjfB2uE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2019
On Saturday, the Korean Central News Agency reported that a “very important test took place at the Sohae Satellite launching Ground” that day.
The agency further said the test was of “great significance,” and will “change the strategic position of North Korea in the near future.”
A satellite image obtained by CNN Thursday indicated North Korea may be preparing to resume testing engines used to power satellite launchers and intercontinental ballistic missiles at Sohae, according to experts who analyzed the photo.
It showed new activity at the site. There was a presence of a large shipping container at the facility’s engine test stand, according to Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute, which works in partnership with the imaging company.
Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation, noted that the Trump administration has not taken a tough approach with Pyongyang. The U.S. has declined to apply sanctions against either North Korea or countries like China that trade with it.