January 21, 2022 09:20
North Korea has threatened to resume nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests for the first time in three years and nine months.
In a meeting on Thursday, the Workers Party "gave an instruction to a sector concerned to reconsider on an overall scale the trust-building measures that we took on our own initiative on a preferential ground and to promptly examine the issue of restarting all temporally-suspended activities," the official [North] Korean Central News Agency said.
It was referring to a moratorium on nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests leader Kim Jong-un promised ex-U.S. President Donald Trump at the first U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore in 2018.
"The U.S. has taken no corresponding steps such as an easing of sanctions, but acted rashly by imposing about 20 unilateral sanctions on us," the news agency added.
The outburst came after the U.S. defined a series of Pyongyang's recent missile launches as "attacks" and asked for a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss fresh sanctions against the North.
The regime is currently preparing a massive military parade for Kim Jong-il's birthday on Feb. 16.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff here said, "There are signs of preparations for a parade" during joint South Korea-U.S. military training in April or on the 110th birthday of regime founder Kim Il-sung on April 15.
There is also speculation that Pyongyang will step up its provocations with a couple of missile launches ahead of South Korea's presidential election.
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