North Korea deceived U.S. by continuing ballistic missile program.
The claims of deception imply that North Korea had committed to discontinue their ballistic missile program, which they have not.
- The New York Times reported on satellite photos that show North Korea was moving ahead with its ballistic missiles program and implied they had deceived the U.S.
“In North Korea, Missile Bases Suggest a Great Deception”
- Vipin Narang, Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT tweeted that this was not deceptive, because Kim Jong Un never promised to discontinue these programs:
It is NOT deception. Kim literally ordered ballistic missiles to be mass produced on New Year’s day 2018. He never offered to stop producing them, let alone give them up. Ever. He is doing exactly what he said he was going to do. https://t.co/sbE6MyPQes— Vipin Narang (@NarangVipin) November 12, 2018
- Donald Trump later re-affirmed this claim:
The story in the New York Times concerning North Korea developing missile bases is inaccurate. We fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new - and nothing happening out of the normal. Just more Fake News. I will be the first to let you know if things go bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2018