By Erik Crouch
Image via NK News http://www.nknews.org/2012/11/brace-yourselves-the-kim-jong-un-badges-are-coming/
Even by North Korean standards, the DPRK’s proposed nuclear tests — explicitly aimed at the United States — are crossing some uncomfortable lines. As the DPRK’s only real ally, China shoulders responsibility for the hermit kingdom’s actions, and has (via the Global Times) announced that, “if North Korea engages in further nuclear tests, China will not hesitate to reduce its assistance to North Korea.”
The North Korean National Defense Commission, known for its rationality and level-headedness, proclaimed,
We do not hide that a variety of satellites and long-range rockets which will be launched by the DPRK one after another and a nuclear test of higher level which will be carried out by it in the upcoming all-out action, a new phase of the anti-U.S. struggle that has lasted century after century, will target against the U.S., the sworn enemy of the Korean people.
Well, comrades, one can only push the envelope so far, and it appears as though the DPRK may have finally forced China to reconsider their relationship. Chinese aid is the only factor keeping much of the North Korean regime from implosion, and the threat of its reduction may be one of the only ways to kill Kim Jong-Un’s “upcoming all-out action.”