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North Korea employs carrot-and-stick approach against US

People watch a television news screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, on September 10, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Frank Smith
Press TV, Seoul

North Korea once again fired two short range projectiles despite US-led UN Security Council sanctions banning the country from conducting ballistic missile tests. In contrast, hours earlier, Pyongyang offered to renew denuclearization negotiations, releasing a statement from Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui.

North Korea also said the US needs to come up with an acceptable “calculation method.” North Korea has indicated its willingness to take steps toward denuclearization, including decommissioning its main nuclear weapons site at Yongbyon, if it is provided with incentives, including sanctions relief from the United States. North Korea’s offer for talks and Tuesday morning’s missile launches represent a carrot-and-stick approach the US has previously employed against its adversaries but rarely faced itself.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had agreed to fresh talks at an impromptu meeting at the DMZ separating the two Koreas on June 30.

North Korea has conducted 10 similar missile tests this year, in part in protest against US-South Korea military exercises which took place in August. Still, the two sides appear closer to returning to the negotiating table for discussions, which will require each party to make significant compromises on a path toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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