Friday, February 22, 2013

China Knows North Korea's Secrets...or do they?

A story out of Global Times , a Chinese publication, states:

China denies receiving North Korea nuke test plans
by Hao Zhou
China's foreign ministry Monday denied a report that it had received advance knowledge of North Korea's preparation for fresh nuclear tests and a rocket launch, while appealing for relevant countries not to take actions that may worsen the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Asked to comment on the report by Reuters, Hong Lei, a ministry spokesman, said he "did not know where the Reuters report came from."
"The situation on the peninsula is currently sensitive and complicated. We appeal for all relevant parties to remain calm and not to take actions that may worsen the situation," Hong said.  ...Story continues here.

From the same publication it would appear that China does indeed know something about North Korea's nuclear test plans, else how do they account for this commentary:
North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-un has given a secret order to thoroughly check the Punggye-ri nuclear test facility to pave the way for a third nuclear test, South Korean media reported on January 30. It is a special coverage on North Korean military power, including its military equipment and its previous nuclear tests.
"Given a secret order..."?   How, on the one hand do they deny receiving North Korea's nuke test plans, and on the other, know that, "Kim Jong-un has given a secret order..."???

I might also point out that the Global Times attempts to give credence to their stories by adding the following reassurance: Agencies contributed to this story  ... Yeah!  What agencies? 
Oh well, who are you going to believe?  ~ Norman E. Hooben

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