Here is the least surprising news of the week:
North Korea’s propaganda outlet called for the total suspension of joint military drills between South Korea and the United States on Friday, in response to the allies’ decision to delay them until after the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
The North’s website Uriminzokkiri said that dialogue and a “war rehearsal” cannot go together, calling the exercises the source of catastrophe for the Korean Peninsula.
“They should totally stop the military drills, not just delay them,” it said in a commentary. [Korea Herald]
You can read more at the link, but this all goes back to North Korea’s strategy of separating the ROK from the US. Ending the ROK-US military drills using nuclear coercion is one of the ways they are trying to do this.
After the completion of the Olympics, if the delayed Key Resolve exercise is not cancelled, the Kim regime can then use it as an excuse to start another provocation cycle. That is why I fully expect there will be another launch in the spring timeframe. What else that won’t be surprising is that all the usual suspects in the western media will be out blaming President Trump for the return of the provocation cycle.