Pyongyang may be about to conduct another missile test


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday night called on Pyongyang to respond to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s guarantees that Washington would not seek a regime change in North Korea and that the Trump administration would not look for an excuse to send U.S. troops north of the 38th parallel. Wang described Washington’s pledges as a positive development.

On Saturday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed to impose further sanctions on Kim Jong-un’s regime following Pyongyang’s two successful ICBM launches last month. The new U.N. resolution will restrict the country’s exports – worth around $3 billion per annum – by about a third.

Pyongyang did respond via the Korean Central News Agency and warned Washington that it would “pay dearly for all the heinous crime it commits against the state and people of this country.”

Beijing also calls for the resumption of the six-party talks which fell apart in 2009 when North Korea refused to agree to the verifiable and irreversible destruction of its nuclear capabilities. The six-party talks, which were attended by the U.S., China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and Russia were initiated under the Bush administration and the Kim Jong-il regime in 2003. Beijing says it believes that resuming talks would bring stability to the region.

“The aim is to bring the peninsula nuclear issue back to the negotiating table and seek a solution through negotiations until the denuclearisation of the peninsula and the stability of the peninsula are achieved,” Wang explained over the weekend. However, the rogue regime on Monday emphasized that it had no intention of scaling back its nuclear and ballistic programs and claimed that these were essential to prevent a U.S invasion of the country.

“We will, under no circumstances, put the nukes and ballistic rockets on negotiating table. Neither shall we flinch even an inch from the road to bolstering up the nuclear forces chosen by ourselves, unless the hostile policy and nuclear threat of the U.S. against the DPRK are fundamentally eliminated,” Pyongyang stressed.

Whether Beijing’s pledge to fully enforce the various sanctions imposed upon North Korea will convince Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table is still unclear. As a matter of fact, it is rather doubtful.

On Monday, Fox News reported that U.S. spy satellites had detected that the North Korean military had loaded two anti-ship cruise missiles onto a boat. This could suggest that Pyongyang may be getting ready to conduct yet another test in the not too distant future.