Was a mysterious lull in missile testing on the part of North Korea a result of improvement in tensions with the country? Although many believed it was the first sign of the country backing down, evidence tells us that nothing could be further from the truth. On Tuesday, North Korea broke that testing-free stretch broken with a missile launch, firmly putting an end to rumors from delegates and diplomats that the break was a sign of willingness to work toward diplomacy. Instead, experts believe the break was strategic – designed to confuse and complicate the matter. Unfortunately, it appears the attempt was at least partially successful.
Latest North Korea Missile Launch Facts
- Joseph Yun, a U.S. envoy for North Korea, was one of the first to suggest that the lull in testing was significant. Yun suggested it was a sign that the tiny country was ready to focus on and become serious about democracy.
- The last test before Tuesday’s missile took place on September 15, putting 70 days between Tuesday’s launch and the previous missile test.
- U.S. Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, suggested opening the floor to the potential for talks between the two countries. He also suggested that the Trump administration’s high-pressure tactics may finally be working.
- These outlooks contradict what North Korea has stated from the beginning – that they have no interest in denuclearization period. Neither Kim Jong Un nor his leaders have ever shown a serious sign of backing down, even in the face of logic.
- North Korean military leaders claim they will return to democracy when they are confident they have the power to strike the United States and cause significant damage.
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