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Kim Jong-un has made two visits to military units since U.S. election

Kim Jong-un has made two visits to military units since U.S. election


North Korea’s media has published two reports
on its leader Kim Jong-un’s visits to military units since Donald Trump won the election. Connie Kim looks into if this is Pyongyang’s
way of sending a message to America next president. Republican Donald Trump’s election to the
presidency of the United States… seems to have rattled North Korean leader Kim Jong-un,…
prompting him to show off his military as he prepares to deal with an uncertain leader
in Washington. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency
said Friday Kim inspected an artillery unit near the de-facto Northern Limit Line, some
eighteen kilometers from South Korea’s Baengnyeongdo island. Kim was said to have ordered artillery drills
and told his soldiers to give it their all when war breaks out. The report about the leader’s visit is the
second of its kind since the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday, though as is characteristic
of the regime, the dates of the visits were not given. In any case, Seoul’s unification ministry
believes the North is using the reports to acknowledge the change in American leadership. “Pyongyang seems to be seeking a change in
Washington’s North Korea policy, as change is expected from the U.S. with the election.” In addition to the two reports,… the North’s
official Rodong Sinmun indicated in a commentary the day after the election that the North
will not give up its nuclear ambitions,… saying Washington’s hope for the regime’s
denuclearization is a delusion. On the one hand, President-elect Trump’s policy
toward North Korea has so far been vague. He has indicated that withdrawing U.S. troops
from South Korea could be an option if Seoul does not agree to a fairer burden-sharing
agreement, and the North has been highlighting that point. On the other hand, Trump has called Kim a
maniac. While Trump hasn’t said anything about North
Korea since the election, he did speak with President Park Geun-hye after his election
victory and the two reaffirmed their commitment to the South Korea-U.S. alliance. In addition, the Obama administration has
said its North Korea policy will remain the same. U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Anna Richey-Allen
said Friday the U.S. will not recognize the North as a nuclear state and the North Korean
leadership must choose whether it will achieve peace by giving up its nuclear arms or remain
isolated from the international community. Connie Kim, Arirang News.


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