N. Korea considers resuming ICBM, nuclear tests over U.S. hostile policy
Updated: 2022-01-20 10:25:19 KST
North Korea is considering restarting "all temporarily-suspended" activities and suspending trust-building measures with the U.S. over its hostile policies toward the regime.
Apparently referring to its nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests.
For more, we have our North Korean affairs correspondent Kim Dami on the line.
Dami, fill us in.
That's right, Mok-yeon.
North Korea says it will consider resuming nuclear and ICBM testing, which had been suspended since 2018.
The North's state media reported Thursday the regime held the first policymaking politburo meeting of the ruling Workers' party of the new year to review policies on Washington.
Chaired by leader Kim Jong-un, the latest meeting pointed out the need to prepare measures for a "long-term confrontation" with the U.S., saying Washington's hostile policies against Pyeongyang are worsening by the day.
They include conducting hundreds of joint military drills and the slapping on of sanctions in the last few years after the 2018 North Korea-U.S. Singapore summit.
South Korea's unification ministry underlined dialogue and diplomacy are the only answer to the future of peace and said Seoul will closely work with related countries to prepare for the worst situation possible following the North's latest round of missile tests.
Then how likely is it that North Korea will actually carry out ICBM or nuclear tests?
The North has already pledged that they will celebrate major upcoming events, so the regime may carry out military activities as early as around February 16th, that's the birthday of the current leader Kim Jong-un's late father Kim Jong-il.
Activities could also be as late as around April 15th, the 110th anniversary of the birth of the regime's founding leader Kim Il-sung.
Experts point out it's highly likely they will actively carry out their weapons development plan after the Beijing winter games.
Plus, the North has already publicized its weapons development program at the 8th party congress last year.
But considering the North on Thursday said it's reconsidering the suspension of military activities, watchers note the latest announcement is part of an effort to push the U.S. to prioritize North Korea on the Biden administration's agenda.
Back to you, Mok-yeon.