As North Korea moves missiles from the coast, some are hoping this move may signal a reduction in tensions.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the United States and Japan offered North Korea nuclear talks, but so far the North’s only demands have been for the world to recognize North Korea as a nuclear power and end sanctions completely. But North Korea’s nuclear status was denied by the United States.
North Korea kept moving missiles to firing positions in their launching pads, which only heightened tensions. North Korea moving missiles happened to coincide with the North Korean trial of a US citizen accused of attempting to overthrow the Kim Jong-Un regime. While facing the death penalty, the US citizen was eventually sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
As North Korea moves missiles from their firing positions, it’s possible that pressure from China prompted the missile move. The Bank of China, China’s largest state-owned bank, has shut down all of North Korea’s banks accounts of the North Korean Foreign Trade Bank. No information has been released about how much was in North Korea’s bank accounts, but it’s known these accounts were used to fund the weapons programs including the successful nuclear bomb tests.
Reports on North Korea moving missiles quote US officials as saying Washington does “not believe the missiles were moved to an alternate launch site and were [now] instead in a non-operational location.” Still, Pentagon spokesman George Little seems to think the North Korean crisis is not over, saying, “What we have seen recently is a provocation pause.”
President Obama, on the other hand, is celebrating the North Korea missile move by saying, “The days when North Korea could create a crisis and elicit concessions, those days are over.”
As North Korea moves missiles away from their firing positions, what do you think should be the United States next step?