North Korea will no longer abide by the moratorium on nuclear testing and testing of ICBMs, according to its ruler Kim Jong Un. "There is no reason for us to feel unilaterally bound to commitments any longer," Kim said to leading members of the North Korean Communist Party, according to the North Korean state news agency KCNA.
"The world will experience a new strategic weapon," he announced. His country would take "shocking real measures". "We can never sell our dignity."
Diplomatic efforts are in danger of failing
The announcement threatens the diplomatic efforts of the past two years to resolve the nuclear conflict between North Korea and the United States to fail. In April 2018, Kim had surprisingly declared the provisional abandonment of nuclear and missile tests and announced the closure of a test site. The announcement came shortly before Kim's summit with South Korean President Moon Jae In. In the past few days, he had already announced "diplomatic and military countermeasures" for the country's security and sovereignty.
The nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have been put on hold since a failed summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in February. North Korea recently asked the United States to make concessions until the end of the year – otherwise the country would take a "new path" and come up with a "Christmas present". Experts believe that North Korea is planning to test an ICBM.
Violation of UN resolutions
The isolated country is subject to strict US and UN sanctions because of its nuclear program. After its moratorium on nuclear tests and tests on ICBMs last year, Pyongyang had hoped in vain to lift the sanctions. Pyongyang has been tightening the tone for weeks, and has repeatedly tested rockets, violating UN resolutions.