|Jang Sung Min, Former Assemblyman|
While signs of North Korea’s 2nd Daepodong test missiles are being perceived, claims suggest that prior to former president Kim Dae Jung’s visit to North Korea, the chances of a missile launch were high.
Jang Sung Min, Head Representative State of Affairs at Cheongwadae (Blue house) during the Kim Dae Jung Administration, appeared on CBS Radio's “Issues and People" on the 15th.
He said that “In the case that the U.S rejects North Korea’s two-party talk proposal, North Korea, which is experiencing difficulty due to economic oppression from the U.S, will have no other alternative but to enforce missile test launches” and foreshadowed “through advancement in missile test launches since 1998, North Korea will attempt to drag the U.S. into two-party talks.”
Representative Jang claimed that “If missile test launches are made after former president Kim Dae Jung’s visit to North Korea, not only will it seem like a splash of cold water on the face of international society, but high chances of criticism exist” and “if this does occur, it will be difficult to even anticipate former president Kim’s efforts at arbitration."
Furthermore, he viewed “prior to former president Kim’s visit, North Korea drew the attention of international society by first enforcing missile test launches and after, through former president Kim’s arbitration, groping for resumption of U.S. talks.”
In addition, though a large mobile trailer was recently captured at the missile test launch grounds, Musudan-ri of Hwadae-gun, North Hamkyung province, authorities concluded they do not yet have definite indications of an impending launch.
However, while there are predictions of missile launches during the middle of next week from a section of the U.S. Administration, the Administration is in a position where a time frame cannot be made. Through U.S. and Japanese reconnaissance (spy) satellites, the governments are exchanging information and analyzing the North East.