North Korea’s state media, KCNA, reported on Thursday that the country’s Workers’ Party Politburo held a meeting and ordered a reconsideration of confidence-building measures taken by Pyongyang, as well as considering the resumption of all Activities temporarily suspended.
Experts see this as an allusion to North Korea’s long-range missile and nuclear weapons test ban in 2018.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un led the party meeting on Wednesday, at which officials reportedly discussed how to target measures against the United States in the future.
The US government was accused of reaching a “danger line”.
Therefore, the task of national defense should be to strengthen “physical means that can efficiently control hostile movements of the US,” KCNA reported.
There have long been fears abroad that Pyongyang could resume its nuclear tests.
Kim already declared in late 2019, when progress stalled in US negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear program, that Pyongyang no longer considered itself bound in principle by its testing moratorium.
The US Treasury recently adopted new sanctions against North Korea, which included adding five North Koreans to the sanctions list.
They were accused of procuring goods for their country’s missile and weapons of mass destruction programs.
The US move came in response to six short-range ballistic missile tests conducted by North Korea last September.
Such tests by North Korea were prohibited by UN resolutions.
Ballistic missiles were typically surface-to-surface missiles and, depending on their design, could carry conventional, biological, chemical, or even nuclear warheads to the target.