Interest in the iShares US Aerospace & Defense ETF (BATS: ITA) continues to climb as the denuclearization of North Korea faces snags with the country referring to negotiations with the U.S. as a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization.”

ITA is up .09 percent today and up 1.3 percent the past five days.

Defense ETF up as North Korea Denuclearization Faces Snags 1

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North Korea’s latest comments come after U.S. President Donald Trump had a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12 to settle differences regarding denuclearization. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently visited North Korea to further discuss denuclearization, but said that the path to progress was lined with obstacles.

Moreover, President Trump said China “may be exerting negative pressure” to hinder the denuclearization process in reaction to the latest U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. Nonetheless, President Trump is still brimming with confidence that denuclearization of North Korea will forge on.

Interest in aerospace and defense ETFs like ITA could get more trader interest should the denuclearization process face continued obstacles or worse, if North Korea balks on their commitment.  Until then, Pompeo hints that it will be nothing short of a long, arduous process.

“Now is the time for all of us, the State Department and others to deliver, to implement the agreement between President Trump and Chairman Kim,” Pompeo said. “To think this would happen in the course of a handful of hours would have been ludicrous.”

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