What’s Kim planning? North Korea silent for WEEKS – fears grow of explosive plot for Biden

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The North Korean despot has been silent for nearly a month, watching and waiting as the US election erupted into controversy. With Donald Trump refusing to concede defeat, North Korea’s usual post-election stunt appears to have been delayed. The hermit state regularly makes provocative missile launches in the wake of US elections, in a sabre-rattling show of force.

The despot was last seen in the North’s South Pyongyang Province on October 21 when he visited a cemetery honouring fallen Chinese soldiers from the 1950-53 Korean War.

His latest absence follows a 20 day period away from the public in April that sparked fears he had died following heart surgery.

However, he was seen at a ceremony in May to mark the opening of a fertiliser factory.

Kim has remained silent over Mr Trump’s defeat, despite North Korea previously attacking Mr Biden last year by calling him a “rabid dog”.

The latest absence has sparked concern Kim could be plotting his next missile test as Mr Biden prepares to take over from Mr Trump.

Evans Revere, of the Council on Foreign Relations, told Time.com: “It is possible Pyongyang will conduct a nuclear or long-range missile test prior to the inauguration or shortly thereafter.

“The Biden team will be mindful of the failings of Mr Trump’s approach, which has amounted to turning a blind eye to North Korea’s steady accumulation of nuclear weapons and testing of medium-range missiles.”

However, a South Korean official said there is no “special meaning” behind the silence.

They told Yonhap news agency: “We do not attach any special meaning to it as he has gone absent from public view for more than 20 days several times based on past records.”

North Korea has previously spoken of a “close personal relationship” between Kim and Mr Trump.

They met three times to discuss improving their relationship, as well as ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme.

In contrast, North Korea attacked Mr Biden last year by claiming he was in “the final stage of dementia”.

In a commentary which spelt his name wrong, a spokesman said: “Such a guy had the temerity to dare slander the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK.

“It was the last-ditch efforts of the rabid dog expediting his death.

“Rabid dogs like Baiden can hurt lots of people if they are allowed to run about.

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“They must be beaten to death with a stick, before it is too late.”

It is not clear what Mr Biden did to provoke this reaction, but he has since said he would make the first move to kickstart talks by phoning South Korea’s Moon Jae-In.

Moon’s spokesman Kang Min-seok said: “President-elect Biden said he would closely cooperate to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.

“That’s because he’d restore American leadership in the world on day one by putting our security, interests, and values at the heart of our foreign policy.”

He added Mr Biden said the US was committed to defending the South and described it as a “lynch-pin of the security and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region”.

Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Mr Biden’s presidential campaign, warned Kim could find Mr Biden “threatening”.

He said: “It’s becoming more and more obvious that repugnant dictators, as well as those who admire and ‘love’ them, find Joe Biden threatening.”

An official for South Korea added: “It is true that North Korea is keeping quiet … We will check whether this marks the longest period North Korea has gone without releasing any response to a US election.”

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