Hero's welcome in Pyongyang for North's missile developers

The video - viewed by yesterday more than 300,000 times on Facebook and Twitter and nearly 2.7 million times on the Chinese video-posting site Maiopai - represents the latest example of China's use of non-diplomatic channels to broadcast its displeasure with South Korea. Observers looks for signs in Chinese state media that Beijing might finally cut Pyongyang off financially and politically.

A rap group backed by China's government is warning South Korea in a music video that "you're going too far" with the deployment of a USA missile defense system, as Beijing seeks to bring its state-supported cultural forces to bear in the global dispute.

There should be no doubt that China has the means to crash the North Korean economy, if it wants to.

For now, South Korea and the USA agree on imposing sanctions while keeping the door open to dialogue.

There are also concerns of the possibility of a "swarm attack" of several incoming missiles at the same time on South Korea and Japan with medium-range Scud ER missiles, which were tested in March. Finally, North Korea claims the test demonstrated that it had mastered re-entry technology, which would allow a warhead to survive the flight and detonate on impact.

North Korea on Sunday test-fired what analysts say was its longest-range rocket yet as it accelerates efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday he's willing to help ties with South Korea return to a "normal track" amid a rift over Seoul's deployment of a high-tech USA missile-defense system to guard against North Korean threats.

The problem is that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may well believe his own propaganda.

The U.N. Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss tightening sanctions on North Korea after it fired its latest ballistic missile.

Moon has sent envoys to the United States, China, Japan and the European Union this week in what the government calls "pre-emptive diplomacy".

The following day South Korea's Defense Minister, Han Min-koo, told the South Korean Parliament that North Korea's ballistic missile program appeared to be advancing faster than expected.

"The June ROK-DPRK Summit of 2000 was what made the DPRK Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok's visit to Washington and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's visit to Pyongyang possible", Jeong Kuk-jin, a former researcher at the MBC Unification Broadcasting Research Center, told NK News.

China has been infuriated by the US deployment of the THAAD system in South Korea, saying it was a threat to its security and would do nothing to ease tensions with Pyongyang.

  • Zachary Reyes