The North Korean media made no mention of the U.S. announcement earlier this week that it was delaying an ICBM missile test so as not to worsen tension. That is the first time in a month that the North has not registered a U.S. military announcement. The failure to acknowledge the announcement means the North Korean leaders have no interest in easing tension; no desire to de-escalate. They are closed to crisis avoidance messages.
— John McCreary, former veteran Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, in his latest independent NightWatch blog post.

China’s North Korea Irritation

Just how steadfast is China’s support of North Korea?

It is a question that has been asked by outsiders since the Korean Peninsula was divided after World War II. Given the secrecy of the two allies, concrete answers are …

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