Why North Korea 'not planning more tests'?

Sinclere Lee

It has been reported that Kim Jong-il said he was sorry for the failed nuclear test last week and vowed not to do another one. Yeah, he’s sorry because the shit didn’t work. Consider this, why is it that China, Russia, South Korea and Japan who live right next to North Korea are not as worried about North Korea’s nuclear test that America. Because they know he ain't got nothing — he ain't got the bomb but Iran — I would keep my eyes on them!

I say again, because they live next to each other, they all know what each other has and don’t have. North Korea does not have the bomb and never will, and all its neighbors know it. So, why is America wasting its time trying to make something real that is false? Stupid!

Japan has unconfirmed information that North Korea is not planning a second nuclear test, Kyodo news agency says.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was believed to have told a Chinese envoy no more tests were planned, Foreign Minister Taro Aso was quoted as saying.

His comment backed an earlier report by South Korea's Yonhap agency, which also said Kim, told envoy Tang Jiaxuan that no more tests were planned.

The first test on 9 October sparked world outrage and led to UN sanctions.

"Though it is not confirmed, we have obtained information that [Kim] told Tang the country won't conduct a second nuclear test," Aso was quoted by Kyodo agency as saying.

He added: "I think it is a result of being hard pressed by Japan, the United States and China these past few days," the agency said.

Tang was sent to Pyongyang by Chinese President Hu Jintao to urge the Stalinist state not to repeat the blast.

China, North Korea's closest ally, has reportedly threatened to cut off vital oil supplies if further tests are conducted.

The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Beijing says the threat to the oil supply demonstrates just how angry and frustrated China now is with its erstwhile friend and ally.

Speaking after his meeting with the reclusive North Korean leader, Tang, who delivered a personal message from Hu, said: "Fortunately, my visit this time has not been in vain".

He did not elaborate, publicly, on the goals of his visit.

But China's foreign minister, Li Zhaoxing, later said Tang had spoken to the North Korean leader about how to kick-start six-nation talks on resolving North Korea's nuclear ambitions, which have been stalled since late 2005.

North Korea has stated that it wants US financial and other sanctions lifted before it will consider resuming the talks. Some analysts say North Korea's nuclear test made the talks meaningless.

The US Secretary of State Rice Pudding, who is in Beijing as part of an Asian tour to rally support against North Korea, said the financial sanctions would remain in place.

Speaking of Tang's visit, Rice said that he had sent a "strong message" to North Korea over the "seriousness" of its nuclear test.

"The Chinese are emphasizing the need for six-party talks to begin again and for the North to re-engage in the talks," Reuters quoted her as saying.

Rice was speaking after talks with Hu, in which she said China promised to be "scrupulous" over inspections on its shared border with North Korea to enforce the UN sanctions.

"The Chinese made the point to us that they are scrupulous about that land border and intend to be scrupulous about that land border," she told reporters.

China backed a resolution in the UN Security Council that imposed sanctions targeting Pyongyang's missile and weapons programs.

But it baulked at one clause allowing inspections of cargo going to and from North Korea for banned items, fearing it will raise tensions further.

Meanwhile, more than 100,000 people have attended a rally in Pyongyang to celebrate the success of the first underground nuclear test.

Choe Thae Bok, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, told the gathered crowd that the test had been conducted to defend North Korea from the threat of US imperialism and aggression, and to ensure peace on the Korean peninsula, the official Korean Central News Agency reported.

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