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Seungmock Oh was an NK News correspondent based in Seoul.
On November 20, Xi Jinping's envoy Song Tao returned from a trip to North Korea. While the visit was framed as being strictly about party business - Song was due to brief Workers' Party officials on the recent Communist Party of China National Congress - all eyes were on whether Song would meet with Kim Jong Un.
He didn't, and just nine days later North Korea test-launched the Hwasong-15, a new missile which, it claims, can strike the entire U.S. with a nuclear weapon. The timing was not lost on U.S. President Trump, who tweeted: “the Chinese Envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man…”