North Korea deports American even as it boasts of new weapon

Saul Bowman
November 20, 2018

Haley said North Korea still has "their facilities, they have still not allowed inspectors to go and inspect the nuclear facility or the ballistic missile facility". "It is the most explicit in a series of escalating statements created to send this message".

North Korea's claim last week that it had tested an unidentified "ultramodern tactical weapon" highlighted its desire to upgrade its conventional arms and reassure its military even as talks are under way to end its nuclear program, analysts said.

North Korea's new nuclear testing has created insecurity for U.S. hegemony and security.

Troy University lecturer in worldwide relations Daniel Pinkston, also does not believe the test will have any direct impact on current talks and says it's another example that "North Korea's orientation policy objectives haven't fundamentally changed".

South Korea's Ministry of Defense said Friday the test shouldn't be classified as a "provocation".

"As the two countries' strategic interests of peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia coincide, I hope we can cooperate more closely on the development of China-South Korea relations and the peace process on the peninsula", Moon said, according to his spokesman.

Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at Kyungnam University's Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul, said by touting a modernized weapon, Kim could seek to reassure hard-line military generals and the public in North Korea who may be anxious about a nuclear-free future.

Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergrad student, was medically evacuated from North Korea through the efforts of then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Trump Administration. The proximity of those weapons and their potential to inflict massive casualties should a country attempt to attack North Korea, has been a powerful deterrent to such actions.


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leads the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon, in this undated photo released on November 16, 2018 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

So one objective of the announcement is to reassure the North Korean domestic audience that weapons development is continuing and preparations for an invasion of the South are continuing. Intelligence report indicates that North Korea has replaced all its border guards after they failed to prevent a dramatic defection.

The political and security situation on the Korean Peninsula has changed considerably since US President Donald Trump and Kim met for a summit in Singapore.

However, the announcement about the new weapon test marked Mr Kim's first high-profile visit to a military site since the June summit, and the first announcement of any weapons test this year. After arriving here late Wednesday, they visited the Second Techno Valley in the Pangyo district of the city of Seongnam, just south of Seoul, the following day, and held a meeting with South Korean officials, including Gyeonggi governor Lee Jae-myung, to discuss various issues, such as pushing for joint business projects.

The reason for that opposition, as the New York Times itself reported in August, is that it would force the United States to begin "talking about how many American troops are needed in South Korea".

Jonathan Schanzer, a former Treasury Department official and now a senior vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said, "The key to success, to the extent that success is possible, is to sustain sanctions pressure while negotiating simultaneously".

KCNA said Kim expressed "great satisfaction" over the "state-of-the-art" weapon that "builds impregnable defenses of our country and strengthens the fighting power of our people's army".

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