Thursday, 18 January, 2018

What Does Kim Jong Un Want?

Melinda Barton | 18 July, 2017, 08:24

At least 13 North Koreans are reported to have died in Russian Federation - and a total of 40 people working in other countries too - past year between January and September 2016, a report on human rights conditions of workers revealed.

In the first six months of this year, trade between China and North Korea increased 10.5 percent to $2.5 billion, compared to the same period last year, according to official figures from Beijing.

They say that tens of thousands of South Koreans could die within the first few hours of a North Korean artillery barrage.

"We will discuss with the ministers what we can do more to facilitate a solution that in our view cannot be but a diplomatic and political one; for sure not a military solution for the situation in the Korean peninsula, as the South Korean have pointed out very clear". FILE- This photo on July 4, 2017, distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile in North Korea. He called out the nearly 40% increase in trade in the first three months of the year, on Twitter, last week. Trump tweeted last week.

Kim Jong Un became North Korea's leader in late 2011 after the death of his father Kim Jong Il. Kim, believed to be around 33, may have strategically chosen to push the nuclear program after determining that the United States won't attack because of fears that a North Korean retaliation would cause enormous casualties in South Korea.

While China has contended it is doing nothing wrong by continuing normal trade operations with the isolated regime, reportedly preparing to go after Chinese banks accused of funneling cash to North Korea. So far, at least, sanctions have not worked on North Korea.

1998: North Korea stuns the region by firing a suspected missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean.

New solid-state electric and hybrid electric-chemical lasers are now smaller, more powerful and lighter, and can be carried on high-altitude drones that can patrol at 60,000 feet above North Korea for days during a crisis, Obering said.

That begs explanation. Why did the western media exaggerate threat perceptions emanating from individual Muslim terrorists and Muslim countries that have no practical means of unsettling the west as opposed to North Korea or China that can practically decimate western civilisation?

In a separate development Monday, South Korean officials said an American who helped arrange for 30 female peace activists to cross the heavily armed border between North and South Korea in 2015 has been denied entry to South Korea. There also will be economic and expanded civil exchanges, he said.

China has repeatedly said it is fully enforcing United Nations sanctions on nuclear-armed North Korea and there is nothing wrong with what it terms "normal" trade with Pyongyang, referring to areas not covered by sanctions. "Any country that hosts North Korean guest workers, provides any economic or military benefits, or fails to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions is aiding and abetting a risky regime".

"We make the proposal for a meeting. aimed at stopping all hostile activities that escalate military tension along the land border", the defence ministry said in a statement. That accounts for 80-90 percent of the North's domestic consumption, according to Cho Bong-hyun of Seoul's IBK Economic Research Institute. Exports to China have moved within a relatively narrow range, reaching 3 million metric tons in 2013 and falling to 1.6 million tons previous year.

Though the strategy could potentially starve North Korea of some of its money, it's unlikely to really tighten the noose on North Korea without the buy in of China, Kim Jong Un's most important benefactor.