North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un Saul Loeb|AFP|Getty Images
WASHINGTON– North Korea last weekend carried out a rocket test for the very first time during President Joe Biden’s administration. Senior administration authorities said Tuesday evening that they were monitoring the scenario, however stressed that the actions represented a low-level provocation. Pyongyang fired at least one rocket, however senior administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity would not elaborate on what type of weapon was introduced, the location of the test, nor its success rate. At a rundown on Tuesday, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby decreased to discuss the rocket launch. The rocket test comes as Pyongyang overlooks invites from Washington to discuss denuclearization and as bigger joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises on the peninsula resume. “We are under no illusions about the problem this job presents to us. We have a long history of frustration in diplomacy with North Korea. It’s defied expectations of Republican politician and Democratic administrations alike,” a senior administration authorities said. The authorities also stated that Washington spoke with previous Trump administration officials in order to gain additional insight on North Korea.
President Donald Trump consults with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone separating the 2 Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, June 30, 2019. Kevin Lamarque|Reuters
” This type of saber-rattling is not threatening, but rather is meant to get the attention of the Biden administration,” wrote retired Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, a senior fellow at Defense Priorities, in a declaration reacting to the advancement. “There’s an opening to negotiate for freezes and potentially rollbacks in exchange for minimal sanctions relief. But unless Washington is willing to make such compromises and normalize relations, expect Kim to continue establishing weapons and checking them,” Davis added. Harry Kazianis, senior director of Korean research studies at the Center for the National Interest, described North Korea’s actions as a message to the new administration. “Pyongyang, through these new missile tests, is signaling to group Biden that its military capabilities will continue to get more potent with each passing day,” Kazianis stated. Last week, a leading North Korean authorities said Pyongyang will not respond to numerous invitations to reboot nuke talks until the United States drops its “hostile policies.” “We have actually already declared our stand that no DPRK-U.S. contact and dialogue of any kind can be possible unless the U.S. rolls back its hostile policy towards the DPRK,” said First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Boy Hui, according to a statement released by state-run Korean Central News Firm on Thursday. Also last week, the effective sis of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a warning to the United States as Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin started their first abroad journey under Biden leadership. The 2 went to South Korea and Japan in order to fortify alliances and reiterate U.S. commitments and interests in the region. “We take this opportunity to alert the brand-new U.S. administration trying hard to give off [gun] powder smell in our land,” Kim Yo Jong said in a declaration referencing joint U.S. and South Korean military workouts in the region. “If it [the U.S.] wishes to oversleep peace for the coming four years, it had much better avoid causing a stink at its initial step,” she added, according to an English translation.
Kim Yo Jong, sibling of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. Jorge Silva|Reuters
Later Tuesday, White Home press secretary Jen Psaki told press reporters that the Biden administration did not have “a direct remark or action.” ″ Our objective is always going to be focused on diplomacy and denuclearization in North Korea,” she stated. “Our focus right now is on working with and coordinating with our partners and allies on a series of issues and including security in the area.” Under Kim Jong Un, the reclusive state has actually conducted its most effective nuclear test, introduced its first-ever intercontinental ballistic rocket and threatened to send out missiles into the waters near the U.S. area of Guam. Given that 2011, Kim has introduced more than 100 rockets and carried out 4 nuclear weapons tests, which is more than what his daddy, Kim Jong Il, and grandpa, Kim Il Sung, launched over a duration of 27 years.