North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s top military deputy met with a senior Communist Party official in China as ties between the allies showed strain over the North’s nuclear ambitions and the seizure of a fishing boat.
North Korea marks the 101st birth anniversary of state founder Kim Il Sung today, after the U.S. reached an agreement with China, Japan and South Korea to try to coax the reclusive regime back to talks.
North Korea said talks with the U.S. are possible once it has sufficient nuclear weapons to deter an attack, setting a condition the Obama administration has ruled out after weeks of threats from Kim Jong Un’s regime.
From time to time, newspapers shower readers with predictions of a looming mass starvation in North Korea, usually in springtime. In March 2011, the New York Times wrote: “North Korea: 6 Million Are Hungry.” One year earlier, in March 2010, the Times of London warned: “Catastrophe in North Korea; China must pressure Pyongyang to allow food aid to millions threatened by famine.” In March 2009, a Washington Post headline read: “At the Heart of North Korea’s Troubles, an Intractable Hunger Crisis.”
North Korea said talks with the U.S. are possible once it has sufficient nuclear weapons to deter an attack, setting a condition the U.S. ruled out today after weeks of threats from Kim Jong Un’s regime.