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North Korea ends moratorium on nuclear, missile testing

Published Jan 21, 2020
Updated Mar 02, 2020

South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that  North Korea has declared “that it will no longer adhere to its moratorium on nuclear and missile tests, citing “brutal and inhumane” sanctions led by the United States on its regime”.

“We found no reason to be unilaterally bound any longer by the commitment that the other party fails to honour,” Ju Yong-chol, a counsellor at North Korea’s mission to the United Nations in Geneva, reportedly said during the U.N.-backed Conference on Disarmament.

He accused Washington of applying “the most brutal and inhumane sanctions” against Pyongyang as per Yonhap and also warned that if the U.S. maintains such “hostile policy,” there will never be the denuclearization of Korea.

Conflicting interests of principal stake holders in de-nuclearisation denotes that success of negotiations was hard to come by unless the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the United States are willing to compromise.

North and Republic of Korea (South Korea), the United States of America, Japan, China and Russia – the erstwhile six nations remain key stakeholders in denuclearisation of North Korea.

North Korea’s interest in holding nuclear weapons is principally regime survival and overcoming the conventional weakness vis a vis South Korea and the United States.

North Korea has been very seriously impacted by tightened sanctions particularly after China has began implementing the UN restrictions in letter and spirit…

The United States is the most vulnerable by North Korean nuclear weapons which are a perpetual danger to the US military bases in South Korea and Japan as also a threat-in-being to the US mainland from a rogue nuclear power.

Yet how the United States will satisfy North Korean prerequisite of regime security, draw down in military alliance with the South, pressure from the human rights groups for letting off a criminal regime are dilemmas that President Trump will have to face in the days to come were always very evident.

A short term deal for denuclearisation however would have been a big thumbs up to the President brightening chances of a second term.

North Korea seems to have thrown the dice against the same opting for hedging rather than closure despite some positive indicators from the US in the past few weeks.