North Korean mystery weapons test creates possibility of military confrontation with US

Ruben Ruiz
November 19, 2018

Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at Seoul's Kyungnam University, said by touting a modernised weapon, Kim could seek to measure hard-line military generals and the public in North Korea who might be anxious about a nuclear-free future.

The United States, South Korea and others have previously accused North Korea of using foreign detainees to wrest diplomatic concessions.

"North Korea is saying 'If you don't listen to us, you will face political burdens, '" said analyst Shin Beomchul of Seoul's Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

Earlier this month, Cuban President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez was in North Korea for a three-day visit, where he held talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on ways of bolstering bilateral cooperation in various sectors.

Meanwhile, North Korea seems to be eyeing economic development amid a thaw in its ties with China.

Third, we can assume that Kim's announcement was intended as a threat of war to South Korea unless Moon Jae-in meets Kim's demands, including declaring an end to the Korean War and convincing President Trump to agree to reduce sanctions.

Yang said the latest North Korean test won't completely break down nuclear diplomacy, though more questions would be raised about how honest the North is about its commitment to denuclearization.

China "is wary of being isolated" as the United States and South Korea negotiate with the North on denuclearization, the commission found, and fears "losing out" if Pyongyang commits to a full-scale strategic realignment with Seoul and Washington.

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Baik Tae-hyun, unification ministry spokesman, told a press briefing that South Korea will prepare well to make what the two Koreas agreed to, including Kim's visit to Seoul within this year, be implemented without a hitch.

The deconfliction agreement includes the removal of landmines and guard posts separating the nations, along with the creation of new lines of communication between the South Korean and North Korean militaries that could be invaluable in a crisis.

"Various facts clearly show that the U.S.is the unreliable country and main instigator of destroying the world peace".

"Kim Jong-un is signalling that if such demand is not accommodated, Pyongyang can switch back to pursuit of nuclear development, as put forward in state media outlets recently".

Experts say the test was part of Kim's initiative to shift the mainstay of the conventional military power from a almost 1.3 million-strong army to high-tech weapons. He was described as "so excited to say that another great work was done by the defense scientists and munitions industrial workers to increase the defense capability of the country".

New advanced weapons might be even more crucial if the country were to abandon at least some of its nuclear arsenal.

Vice President Mike Pence said this week that Kim and Trump will hold another summit in 2019.

At the meeting on the sidelines of the APEC gathering, the two leaders discussed denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and efforts to consolidate peace.

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