At a hastily-called Plenary Session of the Ruling Central Committee, Chairman Kim Jung Un told the governing body that North Korea "must deliver a serious blow to those imposing sanctions."
This is not the warm and fuzzy message of de-nuclearization the US (or the world) hoped to hear.
This web site was among the ONLY sites in the world reporting that a Plenary Session of the Central Committee had been called, and speculated it may be to discuss de-nuclearization . . . . or war. (Story HERE)
In that story, readers were reminded that China is a key player in affairs involving North Korea and China may be looking to "unleash its Pit Bull" in an effort to get the US to give-up on the Trade War presently taking place with China. It now appears to several Intelligence Agencies that is exactly what's taking place.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed Tuesday with the characterization of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a "tyrant."
Pompeo was asked at a Senate hearing whether he would use the same word he has used for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for Kim.
"Sure. I'm sure I've said that," the top U.S. diplomat said before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee while discussing the State Department budget request for 2020.
Pompeo's remarks come as the Trump administration has appeared to take care not to offend the North Korean leader during delicate negotiations to dismantle the regime's nuclear weapons program. All that has apparently just gone out the window.
President Donald Trump's second summit with Kim in Vietnam in February collapsed without a deal, leaving the process in a state of limbo.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in is due to meet with Trump at the White House on Thursday to try to infuse momentum into the talks.
Pompeo was asked to state the U.S. objective in its dealings with the North.
"The outcome is a fully verifiably denuclearized peninsula and greater peace, less risk in conventional means and hopefully a brighter future for the North Korean people as well," he answered.
The Hanoi summit underscored the divergence in U.S. demands for North Korea's complete denuclearization and North Korean demands for sanctions relief.
Washington maintains that all sanctions on Pyongyang will continue until denuclearization is achieved.
Asked if "maximum economic pressure" remains the Trump administration's position on North Korea, Pompeo replied yes.