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Posted on 02/06/2013 5:49:39 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
2013/02/06 15:25 KST
Reports on China vanish from N. Korean media
SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- News reports about China have effectively vanished from North Korean media, raising speculation that Pyongyang is upset with its close ally over its request the North not go through with its expected nuclear test, an analysis of the country's major wire service, daily paper and broadcasters showed Wednesday.
The screening of the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Rodong Sinmun, Korean Central Television (KCTV), Radio Pyongyang and Chosun Central TV by Yonhap News Agency following the passage of the U.N. Security Council resolution on Jan. 23 (Korea time) showed almost no mention of China in the North's tightly-controlled mass media.
The resolution passed unanimously by the 15-member council, that includes China and Russia, condemned Pyongyang's launching of its Unha-3 long-range rocket and called for the tightening of sanctions against the isolationist country. The North has lambasted the move by the global body and threatened it will further build up its nuclear deterrence capabilities. The country said it can conduct a "higher level" nuclear test to protect itself more effectively from foreign enemies.
Reviewing dispatches over the past two weeks, Yonhap said KCNA dealt with stories on China provided by Xinhua News Agency only twice, with both not being related to the current nuclear standoff or actual coverage of the neighboring country.
In contrast, the wire service used reports by Russia's ITAR-TASS, the Associated Press, Voice of America, Reuters, BBC and Kyodo News.
"The absence of Xinhua content is noteworthy because in the past, the North customarily gave it top priority when reporting on foreign events," an analyst said. He said such developments are highly unusual, especially since Pyongyang has generally highlighted its close ties with China by reporting on even minor events in the neighboring country and North Korea-China exchanges.
North Korean watchers also said other media outlets such as KCTV have followed this new development. The station has not released any reports on China in the past 10 days.
Reflecting this "change" in reporting behavior, local experts on North Korea said the leadership in Pyongyang may have been angered by the lack of willingness by Beijing to thwart or at least not join the U.N. resolution. China, as a permanent member of the Security Council, could have exercised its veto power.
They also said that China has consistently warned the North not to conduct another nuclear test because it could fray relations and endanger peace and stability in the region. Some Chinese newspapers, such as the Global Times, have openly called on Beijing to take a tough stance against future action by Pyongyang. The paper, which is an affiliate of the People's Daily, made clear that while the North was an important country, China cannot allow the neighboring state to infringe on its national interests and compromise its critical diplomatic policy stance. Beijing has ardently supported nuclear non-proliferation.
"The conspicuous lack of coverage on China can be a sign of North Korea's displeasure with actions taken by China at the U.N.," said Koh You-hwan, a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University in Seoul.
This view was echoed by Chang Yong-seok, senior researcher at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National University, who said the media "silence" may be a form of passive protest.
"It may be the North showing China how it felt about the resolution and nuclear issue, without going all out to criticize Beijing," the scholar said.
Others said that the silent approach may be the only option that the North has since Beijing has played the role of shielding the country from outside criticism to a certain degree, and because it is a key economic partner.
Chinese customs reports showed two-way trade surpassing the US$6 billion mark for the first time last year, up 7 percent on-year. China imported $2.5 billion worth of North Korean goods, while exporting little over $3.5 billion. About 60 percent of all imports from North Korea were mineral resources.
Then making full of fifth columns in S. Korea and military intimidation using nuclear weapons, they create the right atmosphere to establish so-called Korea Federation of both Koreas. However, N. Korea will eat S. Korea incrementally from inside, and in time, it will absorb S. Korea.
Then some(or mass) purges follows and N. Koreans will move into the South and original residents of S. Korea will be forced to be relocated to N. Korea to do some harsh public projects to show their loyalty to new Korean state. Northern part of N. Korea will be new home to once well-dressed and economically affluent S. Koreans. This is their plan. Whether it is realistic to us or not is moot. This is what they have pushed for at least 5 decades. N. Korean elites will suddenly have unlimited supply of Kipumjo for everybody.
interesting that they now consider Chinese state media to be enemy propaganda or something
More like a pout, I would think.
A temper tantrum is coming?
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What might the they test? Most likely a device using highly enriched uranium (HEU), says Hecker. North Korea has a limited plutonium stockpile and may instead opt to build a smaller warhead using its growing HEU stockpile.
North Korea could also chose to simultaneously test two devices - one HEU and one plutonium. This could help validate two designs, complicate post-test intelligence gathering, and incur relatively less political cost for two tests.
If they do nuke test in the tunnels which are in close proximity to each other and do it in short succession, I wonder if it can damage underground geological structure in some way, resulting in some unexpected disaster.
However, there other factors are at play which we don't know much about. Political situation in Pyongyang and Kim's state of mind, along with Chinese pressure. How far would go to stop NK? What are they planning to do if NK refuses.
Actually, starkly similar, except the prospect of nukes and long distance delivery vehicles for them to cause trouble. I am not sure how to starve the DPRK regime at the top cadre and above level, without China and Russia staying out of it, and China sealing the border at Dandong and elsewhere. The ban on luxury goods into N. Korea WAS starting to have a good effect in the first Bush Regime. Then he got walloped good by the Democrats in the 2006 mid terms (with "genius Karl Rove" at the helm of that flawed effort), and in the second administration he had to back off completely and then start the sucking the teat DPRK operation with Chris Jong Hill and Condi Rice at the head of that ill-fated State Dept. parade. What a suck up, what a sham six party talks, look where we are today for Pete's sake.
My guess? The Chinese told them NOT to use the mobile transport system to launch ICBM's for tests, but if so, why the hell did they sell them to Little Brother in the first place??? This is a rabid dog off its leash. It needs to be put down. A Republican President with balls would order a decapitation strategy, up to and including "executive action" if necessary. This three generation DPRK corruption regime of abject terror MUST come to an end!!
With so many years of outright wishful thinking and fantasy, we have progress of sorts. Finally, nobody expects NK to give up nukes or ICBM's. Every pro-dialogue experts have been thoroughly back stabbed and humiliated by NK. Anybody talking about appeasement are no longer taken seriously in Seoul or D.C. At least in public. Good to see that they are finally on the same page as you and I.:-)
It is almost certain that NK will have two tests. I wonder if one of them goes "too well." The explosion creates far more damage than NK imagined. For example, massive disturbance in underground geological structure, or their tunnel for the tests is not fortified well, and cause large landslide, unleashing radioactive substances into air.
North Korea has hinted it may halt preparations for a third nuclear test as the country's mouthpiece says the outside world has misinterpreted Pyongyang's recent announcements.
“The US and hostile forces jumped to conclusions that the republic is planning the third nuclear test, citing their hypothesis and argument,” said the propaganda weekly, Tongil Sinbo.