Last week, on 3 September 2017, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test. This is not just an additional test. It contributes to significantly increase tensions between North Korea and Western powers, in particular with the USA. As much has been written on the subject we propose three key takeaways:

  • Firstly, the latest test confirms the acceleration of the North Korean nuclear military program, in a context of growing tensions,
  • Secondly, as the USA is calling for an oil embargo to cut off oil supplies to North Korea, we are reminded how energy and conflicts are interconnected,
  • Lastly, the tensions between North Korea and the USA highlight another notable worrying trend that is the deteriorating relationship between the United States and China.

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