Experts have warned that the lack of attention on Kim Jong-un means the itchy-fingered despot could reach for the detonator of a nuclear bomb to attract attention again.
The North Korean leader has met with then-President Donald Trump but has so far been poorly received by Joe Biden, meaning he is eager to restart dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang.
Kim Jong-un recently developed his nuclear capabilities, having undergone the second missile test in a week. The latest North Korean missile test would have forced the grounding of American planes.
Ashok Swain, professor of peace and conflict research at Sweden’s Uppsala University, said not all signs bode well for peace.
Professor Swain told The Sun Online: “President Joe Biden did not follow Trump’s summit diplomacy with Kim Jong-un, but rather followed a policy of strategic patience.
“The lack of attention has bothered Kim, and he’s desperate to be in the spotlight.
“North Korea has conducted at least six nuclear tests since 2006, and the military nuclear program continues to be the main focus of North Korea’s security and foreign policy strategy.
“So if Biden doesn’t restart the discussion, Kim might opt for another nuclear test, but he’s unlikely to opt for all-out war.”
And in another warning, William Davies, associate analyst at GlobalData, said North Korea’s missile testing is only expected to increase this year.
He told The Sun Online: “North Korea has never wavered with its military ambitions.
“The nation feels the need to defend itself against perceived threats from America and its allies. North Korea intends to have a military that can rival South Korea and the United States.
“Along with the increase in missile testing, North Korea’s continued refusal to commit to denuclearization is the greatest concern for Western countries and peace in the region.”
Earlier this week, North Korea appeared to have embarked on its second ballistic missile test in less than a week – angering neighbors South Korea and Japan.
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Sacramento International Airport and San Francisco International Airport in the US state of California confirmed that they briefly suspended flights on Monday for about five minutes.
The hermit state also claimed to have tested a hypersonic missile on Wednesday last week, following Kim Jong-un’s vow to bolster the military after talks with South Korea and the United States stalled.
According to Leif-Eric Easley, professor of international studies at Ewha University in Seoul, North Korea is trying to use repeated tests to standardize its missile capabilities.
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