Kim Jong Un inspected a weapons site which recently tested an ‘ultramodern tactical weapon’ reported Friday by North Korean state media.
“The state-of-the art weapon that has been long developed under the leadership of our party’s dynamic leadership has a meaning of completely safeguarding our territory and significantly improving the combat power of our people’s army,” the report by the KCNA said. The last weapons test from North Korea occurred almost an entire year ago, in Nov 2017.
Mainstream media (MSM) is providing misleading news of the latest weapons test from North Korea. Of course, when it comes to Western MSM outlets they have their own agenda but usually influenced by the western governments and corporations. This latest weapons test, just like all other weapons tests from the DPRK, serves two main purposes: build an infrastructure that can protect the country from a U.S. invasion and force the U.S. to respond.
To put it simply, North Korea doesn’t get any attention from the U.S. unless it tests a weapon. Therefore, for the past year or so they’ve used this tactic in order to get a response from U.S. officials. I’d argue these tests are what brought the Trump admin to the negotiation table.
Trump has been preoccupied with rallying up his base of supporters for the midterm elections. Sitting at the table with KJU doesn’t necessarily help his base of supporters. North Korea realizes this but is tired of waiting for the U.S. to respond with any real change on the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea has lived up to its promises: ridding themselves of several nuclear test sites, returning U.S. soldiers remains left from the 1950-53 Korean War, freezing military training exercises, and they’ve even done more as John Feffer points out here. The U.S. has done one simple, less valuable action: freezing its large military training exercises on the border. Temporarily freezing U.S. military exercises is not an irreversible step, it can be re-engaged at any moment. Blowing up nuclear test sites, as North Korea has done, is irreversible.
It is vitally important to recognize the resumption of small-scale military drills conducted by the United States which violates agreements aimed at lowering tensions on the Korean peninsula, reported by Reuters. Beginning in early November, about 500 U.S. and South Korean marines began military drills in what is called the Korean Marine Exchange Program (KMEP). But western media outlets won’t tell you that.
Since the U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore in June earlier this year, the U.S. hasn’t done much except to demand denuclearization of the peninsula. But nuclearization is precisely the reason North Korea has not, I repeat, has not been invaded. NSA security advisor John Bolton reminded the world of the U.S. strategy of denuclearizing nations, which he calls the “Libya Model“. This strategy consists of the U.S. denuclearizing a nation followed by some sort of invasion to take out the political leaders and further destabilize the country.
Like any other administration, the Trump administration will take credit for bringing North Korea to the negotiation table. This is a plain ole lie. North Korea has requested negotiations for years. Bush fought against it. Obama ignored it. But now that North Korea has fully developed its nuclear arsenal, Trump is forced to respond.
In addition, the U.S. is engaging with North Korea now due to the rise of China’s economy, soon to be the largest economy in the world within the next decade. The U.S. simply can not handle taking on both nuclear powers. The West has to make a choice: deal with China or North Korea. China will most likely be the dominant power of the world soon, having both economic and military capabilities to take on that role. North Korea is a small country and its military spending is a blip on the U.S. radar. Clearly, the U.S. will do everything within its power to halt, or at least slow down, China’s rise.
Here’s a reminder of the four main points from the Singapore Summit between Trump and Kim:
- The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of
the two countries for peace and prosperity.
- The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
- Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
- The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
If you want to learn more, I highly recommend listening to Hyun Lee from ZoominKorea, who breaks down some of the complexities of the U.S.-North Korea-South Korea dynamic: