US says North Korea diplomacy 'very much alive,' but watching rocket site

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Moon, who was speaking as a private citizen rather than in his position as special advisor to the Blue House on diplomacy, national security and unification affairs, is an academic and long-time North Korea specialist.

Last April, the Workers' Party of Korea, led by Kim, made a commitment to concentrate more on creating a "powerful socialist economy", while promising to discontinue nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests.

Satellite images analyzed by experts on March 5 showed that North Korea has been restoring facilities at a long-range rocket launch site that it had begun to dismantle previous year as part of its disarmament process, reported Efe news agency.

The once-every-five-year election also took place after Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump fell short of a deal at their February 27-28 summit in Hanoi over the gap between Washington's insistence on denuclearization and Pyongyang's demand for sanctions relief.

Moon questioned whether there's clear evidence of the alleged production of fissile materials during the period.

The president's confident in his personal relationship with Kim Jong-un. The President has been clear on that and that is a position around which USA government has complete unity. Conservatives accuse the liberal government of currying favor with Pyongyang.

The North is divided into constituencies for the vote - there were 686 at the last election, when Kim stood in Mount Paektu, a dormant volcano on the border with China revered as the spiritual birthplace of the Korean people.

Kim Yong-chol, Vice Chairman of the North's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, who served as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's counterpart in meetings with Washington; Ri Su-yong, in charge of global affairs at the Workers' Party of Korea; and North Korea's Ambassador to the UN Kim Song also appeared to have been elected as deputies.

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Donald Trump would be "pretty disappointed" if North Korea launches a new rocket or carries out a missile test, national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday. "It's a very early report", Trump said. "But he's prepared to engage again because he does think that the prospects for North Korea, which he's been trying to persuade Kim Jong-un to accept if they denuclearized, are really quite spectacular", the NSA said.

Pyongyang regards it as a core element of Washington's "hostile" policy and it should be eliminated as a starting point to reset bilateral relations, he said.

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Still, it's premature to conclude that Pyongyang-Washington dialogue has fallen apart, he said. State media showed footage of him casting his vote at a polling centre at Pyongyang's Kim Chaek University of Technology.

A top USA envoy said Monday Washington's goal is the complete denuclearization of North Korea by the end of Donald Trump's first term, insisting it will not settle for incremental disarmament. But he cautioned against drawing any snap conclusions. He said the Hanoi summit showed how "difficult" and "painful" it would be to achieve de-nuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula.

Even so, participation in the poll, like other "obligatory rituals" in the North, does reinforce loyalty to the government and social unity, Lankov said, "because humans love symbolism".

South Korea's military said Monday it was closely monitoring North Korean facilities after a series of satellite images triggered worldwide alarm that Pyongyang might be preparing a long-range missile or space launch.

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