Monday, January 28, 2013

North Korea Rattles It’s Saber, again

North Korea warned that they will conduct their third nuclear test in defiance of U.N. punishment, and made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States.

They denounced the U.N. Security Council resolution condemning North Korea’s long-range rocket launch in December as a banned missile activity and expanding sanctions against the regime. While they reaffirmed in their declaration that the launch was a peaceful bid to send a satellite into space, they also clearly indicated the country’s rocket launches have a military purpose: to strike and attack the United States.

The commission pledged to keep launching satellites and rockets and to conduct a nuclear test as part of a “new phase” of combat with the United States, which it blames for leading the U.N. bid to punish Pyongyang. It said a nuclear test was part of “upcoming” action but did not say exactly when or where it would take place.

“We do not hide that a variety of satellites and long-range rockets which will be launched by the DPRK one after another and a nuclear test of higher level which will be carried out by it in the upcoming all-out action, a new phase of the anti-U.S. struggle that has lasted century after century, will target against the U.S., the sworn enemy of the Korean people,” the North Koreans said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“Settling accounts with the U.S. needs to be done with force, not with words, as it regards jungle law as the rule of its survival,” they said in their declaration.

North Korea’s allusion to a “higher level” nuclear test most likely refers to a device made from highly enriched uranium, which is easier to miniaturize than the plutonium bombs it tested in 2006 and 2009. Experts say the North Koreans must conduct further tests of its atomic devices and master the technique for making them smaller before they can be mounted as nuclear warheads onto long-range missiles.

When a country makes such blatant threats against the United States, and so clearly outlines their hostile intentions, I fail to understand why we continually deal with them with ‘kid gloves’ and repeatedly break our own sanctions by sending them food and materials. It has to stop. They have to be stopped. Putting it off won’t work. It will only make it more difficult and costly when there is finally no other option but to stop them.


Live Long and Prosper….

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