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U.S. plans Strong Action Against North Korea

The U.S. is determined to send a strong unified message to North Korea. The U.S. has been working closely with its allies to get a resolution through the U.N Security Council that is strong and decisive.
The Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has also met with official from Russia and China in preparation for debates in the U.N. Security Council for tough resolutions for North Korea.

Senior officials have indicated the bans could include restrictions on travel and visa bans on certain members of the regime and tougher trade and economic sanctions, possibly including an arms embargo to prevent North Korea from engaging in lucrative arms sales.

Deputy spokesman Robert Wood said “I think it’s very clear that we are all on the same page with regard to the need to take very strong measures against North Korea.” He went on to add, “They’re going to continue with our discussions on coming up with a strong resolution that responds to the North’s violation of its international obligations.”

Wood made no comment on reports that North Korea is moving missile equipment for another possible long-range missile test but repeated that missile launches by Pyongyang constitute a violation of existing U.N. resolutions.

Senior U.S. officials confirmed that North Korea is moving equipment around, but it is unclear whether the regime is intent on another missile launch or whether it is just trying to rattle the international community.

The U.S. wants North Korea to return to nuclear negotiations with the United States, China, South Korea, Japan and Russia, known as the six-party talks.

Although the talks have been stalled for more than a year, Wood said, “just because things haven’t worked doesn’t mean you don’t keep trying.”

North Korea Explains Its Stand on Nuclear Test.

The latest information on the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) contains a statement from the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) Foreign Ministry (North Korean Foreign Ministry) regarding the UNSC’s threat of additional sanctions.

In the statement they seek to justify their reasons for conducting nuclear and missile tests to maintain their own national security.

The Statement from the DPRK Foreign Ministry starts by saying “Over the past several decades, the DPRK has made every possible effort for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but the U.S., instead of seeking a substantial removal of nuclear threats, has steadily increased the level of pressure upon the DPRK and it has eventually brought even the six-party talks to collapse in wanton violation of the principles of respect for the sovereignty and sovereign equality, the underlying spirits of the September 19 Joint Statement, over the DPRK’s launch of satellite, the universally recognized right of each state.”

The statement goes on to say ” At present, some countries were shocked at the news of the DPRK’s second nuclear test. But an exceptional act has its exceptional reason.
The recent nuclear test conducted by the DPRK is the 2054th one on the earth.
The five permanent members of the UNSC have conducted 99.99 percent of all the nuclear tests.
Those countries have posed the biggest nuclear threats to the world. But they took issue with our first nuclear test, which was conducted in October 2006 as a self-defensive measure to cope with increased nuclear threats by the U.S., terming it a “threat to the international peace” and adopted the sanctions resolution against the DPRK. This is exactly the UNSC Resolution 1718.”

They also explain their position on Nuclear Non Proliferation and the Missile Technology Control Regime saying “The DPRK is neither a signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty nor to the Missile Technology Control Regime or MTCR. Such being the case, it has a right to conduct as many nuclear tests or missile launches as it wants in the event that the supreme interests of the state are infringed upon. Such self-defensive measures do not run counter to any other international law.”

Looking at this statement on face value it would seem that North Korea could be quite justified in believing they have every right to conduct these tests. Why shouldn’t they be able to do what they feel they have to, to ensure their own security. Other countries spend huge amounts of money developing sophisticated military technology and what North Korea seems to want is to exercise its sovereign rights as it seems fit. A fair expectation I guess.

The problem that many other countries have with North Korea having nuclear weapons and the capability to attack almost any other country in the world is can they be trusted. North Korea’s boisterous stance is legendary and the fear is that this could lead to extreme action and the possible use of weapons of mass destruction.
North Korea does not seem willing to listen to its large and powerful ally in China and it is this type of attitude that causes such concern.

I guess the problem is how do you balance international security with with a countries sovereign rights. Do you allow North Korea to develop a nuclear capability and trust that they will use it as a deterrent just like every other nuclear power in the world.

I understand the agreement that the existing nuclear powers have not to limit the spread of nuclear weapons with the eventual disarmament and a peaceful use of nuclear energy, but North Korea has never been a signatory of this agreement so you can understand how they can feel that they shouldn’t be forced to comply with it.

What ever happens I only can only hope that a peaceful solution can be found.

North Korea Seems Determined To Go To War

The Yonhap News Agency, South Korea’s official news agency, has just reported more missiles being fired by North Korea.

A recent report on its web site says:

“N. Korea fires short-range missile off east coast: source

SEOUL, May 29 (Yonhap) — North Korea launched an additional short-range missile from its east coast, an official at the government official said Friday.

North Korea appears to have launched a missile into the East Sea at around 6:12 p.m., according to the official.

The North has been firing a series of missiles since Monday, when it said it successfully conducted a second nuclear test.”

These latest test would seem to further show North Korea’s determination to snub its nose at the World and further antagonise South Korea. It is also sure to push the rest of the World towards tougher sanctions through the U.N. Security Council.

With North Korea’s threat to respond to any action against its shipping or ships enroute to its ports with military action and its continuing aggression it seems determined to force a military conflict with South Korea.

North Korea Threatens War with the South.

North Korea has announced that it no longer recognises the 1953 armistice that ended its war with South Korea. What would seem to make this announcement more serious than previous announcement is that it came directly from the North Korean military rather than its official newsagency.

This renouncing of the armistice comes as South Korea joins the US-led Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), with North Korea describing it as tantamount to a declaration of war.
Pyongyang has announced that any attempt to stop and search any North Korean ships or ships delivering goods to North Korea “will face an immediate and strong military strike in response.”

“Our military will no longer be bound by the armistice accord as the current US leadership… has drawn the puppets (South Korea) into the PSI,” said the statement from the North’s military representative at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

What Was North Korea Thinking?

North Korea has again staged an underground nuclear test yesterday. This time much larger and more successful than the test held in October 2006. It has also tested short range missiles yesterday and today.
North Korea has declared an off-limits area for vessels in the Yellow Sea off Jungsan county in South Pyongan province and it is thought that more missile tests may follow.
North Korea’s official news agency reported that the test were carried out “as part of the measures to bolster up its nuclear deterrent for self-defense in every way.”
So why does North Korea think it has to show the world that it can defend itself. It closest ally is China, the worlds biggest economy and a world military power in its own right closely followed by Russia, another major world power. So who do they think is crazy enough to attack them and risk drawing themselves in a conflict involving China and Russia.
North Korea has no need to show it can defend itself like this, so why has it sent the World into such a frenzy by performing these tests.
North Korea seems to have a need to make the World take notice of them. Like the naughty kid who shows off to get attention. Carrying these test helps it feel like a world power and watching the resulting flurry of panic as the World struggles to deal with the consequences of these tests just serves to give North Korea the justification they feel they deserve.
North Korea enjoys annoying people and this is exactly what they have been able to achieve.
As well as feeding the ego what else has North Korea achieved with these tests. They have, for the moment at least put China and Russia off side. China has backed North Korea often before the UN Security Council but these tests have made it hard for China to continue doing this. Russia have already announce their intention to support the U.N. against North Korea.
The U.S. already have forces in South Korea and are moving to increase their presence in the area in an effort to be seen to be supporting their close ally South Korea as well as Japan, who also see North Korea as a major regional threat.
With significant sanctions already placed against North Korea by the U.N. they face further sanctions when the U.N. decides what its reaction will be. Many countries around the World have already voiced their support for tougher sanctions.
U.S. President Obama has also promised a strong reaction and will most certainly be pushing for a strong reaction from the U.N.
North Korea is already one of the most isolated countries in the world due the sanctions already in place and any increase in these sanctions or loss of support from China would put a lot more pressure on their already strained economy.
The Worlds biggest fear is that Korea and Iran may form an alliance. Such an alliance could see two new nuclear powers with very little need to conform to the expectation of the rest of the World. Korea has uranium resources, and this combined with its test results and nuclear production technology being married up with Iran’s enrichment technology could result in an alliance to that would give the world good cause to worry.