[Global Times comprehensive report] North Korea tested “short-range UFOs” twice in just six days, which finally caused a rebound in Washington. According to US media reports on the 10th, after the North Korean re-launched two short-range missiles on the 9th, less than 10 minutes later, the US Air Force and the Navy respectively tested a “Military 3” intercontinental ballistic missile and a “Trident II” intercontinental submarine shot. missile. On the 9th, the US Department of Justice also announced the first seizure of a North Korean cargo ship that violated UN sanctions. Public opinion believes that the US-DPRK game has entered a very delicate stage. Korean National University professor Lankov said to the Financial Times on the 10th that “North Korea is saying, ‘We are here, we are very dangerous, we are completely unpredictable, you Americans better sit down and make some concessions'”. US President Trump told reporters at the White House on the 9th that “they are not happy” for North Korea’s recent test-fired missiles. “I don’t think they are ready to sign the agreement.”
On the 10th, the US Fox News Network said that North Korea fired two short-range missiles on the 9th. In less than 10 minutes, the US Air Force tested an intercontinental missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The intercontinental missile, called “Military 3,” flew over the Pacific Ocean from the California base, with a range of 4,200 miles.
Subsequently, the US Navy also launched an intercontinental ballistic missile from Florida that did not carry a warhead. According to Fox News, the Trident II missile can travel up to 7,000 miles. This is the standard test for the missile system. The missile is launched from the water and finally falls into the water without flying over the land.
For the US and North Korea to launch missiles at such a short distance, Frost, the deputy director of media operations at the US Air Force Global Strike Command, said that the test time between the United States and North Korea is not relevant, it is merely a “pure coincidence.”
The famous American technology blog site “Gizmodo” said on the 9th that although the Pentagon said that the missile test “is not a response to world events or regional tensions”, North Korea will not see it this way. This week’s missile test of the two countries is “very coincidental,” said Hilde, a US military missile commander. “There are not many opportunities to perform multiple launches in a week. These launches prove that the United States has adopted a safe and effective intercontinental trajectory. Missiles, the ability to threaten the enemy and appease allies.”
The KCNA reported on the 10th that North Korea’s top leader Kim Jong-un on the 9th guided the frontier and the frontline defense forces of the western front. According to reports, Kim Jong-un was satisfied with the maneuver deployment and fire raids. He said that the training on the day indicated that the western frontline defense forces had also made all the preparations, and the firepower mission execution capability of the front-line troops was “excellent.”
The “Washington Post” said on the 9th that North Korea tested missiles in the past week, which was more provocative than once, and the United States also responded with a test of intercontinental ballistic missiles in color. Some experts believe that the DPRK’s test is a signal that it is “not ready to resume denuclearization negotiations.” Both sides are reluctant to retreat, so the game will soon become a dangerous game. The “Gizmodo” website commented that whether it is a coincidence or not, I hope that both sides will not further escalate the tension. “Although Trump is not willing to launch a new war, once the US military machine is opened, sometimes inertia can drag you into the war.”
North Korea’s coal carrier was detained
On the 9th local time, the US Department of Justice announced that a North Korean cargo ship named “Zhicheng” violated UN sanctions against North Korea and illegally exported 25,000 tons of North Korean coal worth $3 million and shipped it back to heavy machinery and 410. Tons of steel.
CNN said on the 10th that the United States believes that the coal transaction involved in the cargo ship will also be used to finance the development of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs. The US Department of Justice stated: “This ship that violated sanctions has been suspended. The US sanctions against North Korea reflect the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs to the US national security.”
This cargo ship is said to be the second largest bulk carrier in North Korea. The Wall Street Journal said on the 10th that it was detained by Indonesia in the vicinity of the Indonesian coast in April 2018. After several months of negotiations with international agencies in the United States, the ship was now transferred to American Samoa. The Korean National News said on the 10th that although the US government had prosecuted North Korean personnel and enterprises for violating sanctions, it was the first time to detain a North Korean ship.
Manhattan federal prosecutor Berman denied on the 9th that the arrest of the North Korean cargo ship was announced at the time, and the US-DPRK denuclearization negotiations were deadlocked and related to the launch of two short-range missiles by North Korea, saying that “we have been operating this matter for the past few months.” The New York Times said on the 10th that the US move will undoubtedly continue to worsen the tension caused by North Korea’s latest weapons test. US retired army officer Maxwell analyzed that the North Korean economy can digest the loss of a ship and its cargo, but the key issue is to announce the timing of the seizure of North Korean ships. The signal it wants to say to Kim Jong-un’s regime is: “We can follow you. The shipping situation can be seized in accordance with international law. So we can put more pressure on you.”
“Everyone is not happy”
A few hours after North Korea tested the short-range missile again, Trump told reporters at the White House on the 9th that North Korea’s test was a “small short-range missile,” but North Korea’s recent test-fired missile, “we are not happy”, the United States is Take this matter seriously. Trump said, “The connection with North Korea is still going on, but we are walking around. I know they want to sign the agreement, but I don’t think they are ready to sign the agreement.” The CNN commented that Trump’s speech lowered expectations of diplomatic breakthroughs with North Korea, and the respective actions of the United States and the DPRK “are the latest signals of the deterioration of the fragile denuclearization negotiations between the two countries.”
Yonhap said on the 10th that the South Korean National Intelligence Agency reported on the same day that the short-range missile launched by the DPRK on the 9th is likely to be a new type of weapon system. The distance between the two missiles is 420 kilometers and 270 kilometers respectively. South Korea and the United States recently held a joint military exercise and Han Jun said that it will continue to introduce cutting-edge weapons, which is probably one of the reasons for the North Korean projectile. On the 9th, North Korea launched a multi-barrel rocket firer of 240 mm in addition to launching missiles. Wen said on the evening of the 9th that “I want to warn North Korea that if this behavior is repeated, it will complicate the dialogue and negotiation situation.”
On the 10th, North Korea’s “Labor News” published an article entitled “Military riots intensify the situation on the Korean peninsula”, criticizing the US military stationed in South Korea for conducting “Sade” deployment training at the Pyeongtaek military base in Gyeonggi Province. The article said that the US “Sade” deployment training is a continuation of the policy of sanctions against the DPRK, a military provocation to undermine the peaceful atmosphere of the Korean Peninsula, and an explicit threat against the DPRK. “The United States must understand that strength can not only scare North Korea, but will not have any gains.”
However, as of now, the game between the DPRK and the United States seems to be fighting. The U.S. State Department’s Special Representative for DPRK Policy, who is visiting South Korea, met with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Jinghe on the morning of the 10th. Billen said that “the United States is still open to the door of dialogue with North Korea.” On the afternoon of the same day, when he met with the South Korean unification minister, Kim Sang-ti, he discussed the food aid and other issues. Some analysts believe that at present, both South Korea and the United States hope to maintain the momentum of dialogue and avoid escalating the situation, so it is likely to use the food aid to promote the dialogue to restart.
[Global Times reporter in North Korea, Jiu Jiu Chen, Global Times Special correspondent Ren Zhongjing]
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