North Korea’s intention to launch an SLBM at a conversation beckoning… “Procedures to secure the status of a nuclear-weapon state”

North Korea conducted a test launch of a ‘new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM)’ on the 19th, the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Workers’ Party of Korea, reported on the 2nd page of the 20th. The newspaper released a photo related to the test launch of an SLBM from the submarine ‘August 24 Heroes’. Chairman Kim Jong-un was absent that day. / Photo = Rodong Sinmun News 1

North Korea conducted another armed demonstration. With interest in the North Korean authorities’ intentions of throwing a provocation card in a situation where the possibility of restoring dialogue is being investigated, the North Korean authorities have adopted a dual strategy of continuing to develop weapons while at the same time suggesting the possibility of returning to dialogue in order to be recognized as a nuclear-weapon state. There is an analysis that

On the 20th, North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, “The National Defense Science Academy successfully launched its first submarine-launched strategic ballistic missile (SLBM) five years ago, and once again launched a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile from the ‘August 24 Heroes’ demonstrating the military strength of the Republic. With the pride and glory of the success, I gave a report of allegiance to the party center,” he said.

The North confirmed the announcement that the South Korean military authorities had fired one short-range ballistic missile, presumed to be a SLBM, the day before.

The question is when North Korea launched the SLBM. A closed meeting was held this morning in Seoul, where National Intelligence Service Director Park Ji-won, U.S. National Intelligence Agency Director Abril Haines, and Japanese Cabinet Intelligence Officer Hiroaki Takizawa were holding a closed-door meeting.

Also, on the same day (local time) in the United States, the chief representatives of North Korea, the United States and Japan were scheduled to meet to discuss the North Korean nuclear issue and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

For this reason, some say that North Korea’s launch of an SLBM at the time of close consultations between South Korea, the US and Japan to restart the peace process on the Korean Peninsula indicates that it has expressed its intention to refuse dialogue.

However, Park Won-gon, a professor of North Korean studies at Ewha Womans University, said in a phone call with this paper, “It is difficult to interpret that North Korea has expressed its position that it will reject dialogue with only the SLBM launch, but it is a sign of its will to continue developing weapons systems even if the dialogue proceeds.” North Korea’s strategy is to continue developing missiles while insisting on withdrawal and eventually be recognized as a nuclear weapons state.”

In a statement on the 24th of last month, Kim Yeo-jeong, deputy director of the Workers’ Party of Korea, said in a statement on the 24th of last month, “The double and illogical prejudices, evil habits and hostile attitudes that glorify the justification and legitimacy of their actions and that they risk our legitimate exercise of self-defense and condemn it should be abandoned.” Kim Jong-un, the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, reaffirmed this position at the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly 5th Speech.

In other words, Professor Park explains that North Korea’s claim of ‘withdrawal of the double standard’ is to continue developing nuclear missiles, and that this is one step in the strategic process to eventually be recognized as a ‘nuclear state’.

In the midst of this, even among North Korean high-level officials, it is openly said that the first purpose of the five-year weapons system development plan is to be recognized as a nuclear-weapon state, and for this, it is necessary to quickly realize the advancement of nuclear weapons.

On the 19th, a high-ranking source inside North Korea told Daily NK, “The key to completing a nuclear force until it is recognized as a nuclear power is the key in the next five years.

It is said that regardless of the tone of dialogue in the international community, North Korea will actively develop nuclear weapons in order to ‘strengthen its self-defense capabilities’.

On the other hand, at the time of North Korea’s SLBM launch, Yujin, the head of the Ministry of Armaments and Manufacturing, and Kim Jeong-sik, the deputy head of the Ministry of Defense, attended, but Chairman Kim Jong-un did not attend. There is also an analysis that North Korea is adjusting the water level in its own way.

However, a high-ranking source explained, “Because the missile (missile) that was tested this time is not complete, the Marshal was not invited, and it does not mean that the level of warning given to the international community is being adjusted.”


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