Despite Trump’s usual bluster, Kim Jong-un was the key beneficiary of the Singapore summit. The other beneficiary is likely to be China.
As the Koreas develop their dialogue process, Pyongyang has reportedly signalled its willing to denuclearise in exchange for sweeping concessions.
While cynics might claim the new weapons are pre-election theatricality, Russia has been raising concerns about US missile defence programmes for years.
The Trump administration has dumped its top choice for ambassador to South Korea, but is it really because they disagree on military strategy?
The US secretary of state’s words are an acknowledgement that the ongoing détente between the Koreas is fragile.
While the talks are a promising sign, Pyongyang may simply be looking for short term tactical benefits like sanctions relief.
The accusation adds to Pyongyang’s growing list of alleged cybercrimes, which it carries out with impunity.
The Hwasong-15 missile tested earlier this week is larger than the Hwasong-14 and can travel much further. What’s more, the North Koreans are likely to test it again very soon.