Is North Korea's missile-test halt a signal to Washington?

Lucy Bush
November 18, 2017

North Korea has not undertaken a missile or nuclear test for two months.

It's been about nine weeks since Pyongyang conducted its last missile test - a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missile test near Japan on September 15.

Song Tao, head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, was due to arrive in North Korea on Friday, CNN reported. But he called on the North to stay that course "for a period of time", according to Yonhap.

A barbed wire fence at the Imjingak, near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating South and North Korea on April 14, 2017 in Paju, South Korea.

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The US envoy added at the time that he hoped Song's trip to Pyongyang would help "forward" the goal of its denuclearization. "They do, in fact, assure our partners", Joint Staff Director Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. told Pentagon reporters Thursday.

One-quarter of North Korean children aged between six months and five years who attend nurseries the WFP supports suffer from chronic malnutrition, it said.

In Colorado, Mattis will visit the US Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), which are responsible for homeland defence, including tracking and potentially intercepting North Korean missiles. When asked if he had an opinion, he said, "Let me know when you figure it out".

The drills begin as China announced Thursday a "dual suspension" proposal was the best option for handling North Korea. "Developing friendly cooperation relations between the two countries serves the common interests of the two countries and is conducive to regional peace, stability and development", he added. This came a week after Beijing played host to Mr Trump, who has called on Beijing to use its leverage as North Korea's top economic backer to pressure Mr Kim into giving up his quest for a nuclear weapon.

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Other analysts believe the lull in North Korean testing is part of preparations to make another significant long-range missile launch to show that it can hit all of the continental United States.

China meanwhile, has proposed that to start peace negotiations, North Korea could stop its nuclear and missile programs in exchange for the USA and South Korea stopping regular military drills in the region. A further 4-5 percent of North Korea's 24 million people serve on active military duty, and another 30 percent are assigned to a reserve or paramilitary unit, according to the US Office of Secretary of Defense.

"The United States should abandon its hostile policy toward North Korea".

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