North Korea fires three ballistic missiles


During a meeting with South Korean President Yun Seok-yeol in Seoul last Saturday, Biden said the United States would strengthen its alliance and deterrence against the North Korean threat. Former Vice President Biden and Secretary Yoon announced they would explore ways to expand canceled or reduced joint military exercises under President Donald J. Trump.

While in South Korea, former Vice President Biden expressed deep skepticism about the possibility of meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whom Trump had met three times. When asked by reporters if he had a message for Chairman Kim, former Vice President Biden said, “Hello. term.”

Minister Yun was also very skeptical of North Korea, saying that former President Moon Jae-in’s efforts for dialogue and reconciliation with North Korea failed to withdraw its nuclear weapons program.

Inaugurated on May 10, Mr. Yun has put forward a “bold plan” to significantly improve the North Korean economy and the quality of life for its people. But he, like his conservative predecessors, left important caveats. Such economic scale is only possible if “North Korea truly undertakes the process of complete denuclearization.”

Wednesday’s missile tests showed that North Korea is not interested in talks on nuclear disarmament any time soon. In a speech at a military parade at night in April, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un emphasized that “we must prepare for a long-term confrontation with the United States.” He also promised to expand its arsenal of nuclear warheads, intercontinental ballistic missiles and other transport vehicles “at the fastest rate possible.”

Kim also appears to have adopted a more aggressive nuclear doctrine in recent weeks.

In the same speech, he said in Russian President Vladimir V Putin’s playbook that his nuclear weapons not only deter foreign aggression, but also “the fundamental interest of our country if any force tries to invade the country.”

Last month, Kim’s sister and spokeswoman Kim Yo-jong said that North Korea could use nuclear weapons “when the war begins.” Chairman Kim said that since the test-fire of a short-range missile last month, the ‘efficiency’ of the battlefield or ‘tactical nuclear weapons’ is increasing.

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