In testing the dirty bomb, North Korea's target is China and not US
It is a well known fact that North Korea has increasingly used the nuclear brinkmanship in a bid to be taken seriously. On Sunday, North Korea announced that it had tested the hydrogen bomb and the announcement came at a time when China was hosting the BRICS summit.
Why would Kim Jon Un carry out such a test especially at a time when China is hosting an international gathering. It must also be remembered that for North Korea, China is the sole ally and economic lifeline.
Experts we spoke with say that these latest tests go beyond the concept of being taken seriously by the United States. It is also aimed at embarrassing China. North Korea's tests have increasingly put China is a spot of bother and caused a great deal of embarrassment. It may also be recalled that in May, North Korea had conducted a missile test when China was hosting an international summit on trade.
North Korea has been attempting to embarrass China ever since Beijing signed the tougher new international sanctions on North Korea. In addition to this China had decided to suspend North Korea's coal imports.
With these tests, China has come under immense pressure from the US. Donald Trump has criticised China for not doing enough. While on one hand the US continues to criticise China, on the other hand North Korea continues with its aggressive posturing only adding to China's embarrassment.
China has ahead of it a herculean task in bringing North Korea under control. Kim Jon Un is unlikely to back down easily and will continue to remain adamant and aggressive.
However he will also need to be careful in not pushing China too much as he risks losing the economic lifeline.