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North Korea launched no missiles in 2018. But that isn't necessarily due to Trump.

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From NBC News

North Korea launched no missiles in 2018. But that isn't necessarily due to Trump.

North Korea didn't carry out any missile or nuclear tests in 2018 — an apparent vindication of President Donald Trump's unconventional foreign policy approach.

But that may not be the victory the president claims.

Before and after Trump's election and inauguration, North Korea was conducting a flurry of nuclear and missile tests.

The drumbeat reached a peak in 2017, when Kim Jong Un's regime launched its first intercontinental ballistic missiles — theoretically capable of striking the United States mainland. It also tested its most powerful nuclear weapon to date, which it claimed was a miniaturized hydrogen bomb.

Verbal sparring between Trump and Kim escalated and appeared to elevate the threat of a devastating war.

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It appears that Mr. Trump's grand victory (stopping the DPRK from testing nuclear weapons and nuclear capable delivery systems) somehow overlooked the fact that it didn't actually include the production of either of them. Admittedly the DPRK could quite likely have improved the effectiveness of weapons that already worked sufficiently well to achieve their goals, but it also seems that the DPRK is satisfied with "good enough" rather that indulging in a "race for perfection".

PS - When someone says "I am going to __[fill in the blank]__." you can't (rationally) accuse them of being deceptive when they actually do it (unless, of course, you base that "rational" accusation on "Well I know that you said you were going to do it - but I didn't believe you.". If you bet that Mr. Trump's accusation that the DPRK government was being deceptive will be appearing on "Twitter" shortly you are likely to win.
 

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North Korea probably ran out of resources, means, and money to produce more missiles.

They can offer "good enough" all they want, and I agree that Trump is not the reason for a lack of activity from North Korea in this area.
 

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North Korea probably ran out of resources, means, and money to produce more missiles.

They can offer "good enough" all they want, and I agree that Trump is not the reason for a lack of activity from North Korea in this area.

The current assessments (which could be wrong) is that the DPRK is no longer "testing" because it is "producing".

"Testing" puts stuff out in the open - "producing" doesn't. That means that it's one heck of a lot harder to detect "producing" than it is to detect "testing".

What that means is that there is a "lack of DETECTED activity" which may, or may not, be the same thing as a "lack of activity".
 
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