North Korea threatens new nuclear test after increased sanctions

posted at 8:01 am on January 24, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

A month after an apparently successful test of their long-range rocket capability and the imposition of sanctions for it, North Korea has resumed its saber-rattling.  Today the Kim regime threatened to conduct another test of its nuclear weapons, and explicitly announced that its offensive programs are designed to attack the US:

North Korea said on Thursday it would carry out further rocket launches and a nuclear test that would target the United States, dramatically stepping up its threats against a country it called its “enemy”.

The announcement by the country’s top military body came a day after the United Nations Security Council agreed a U.S.-backed resolution to censure and sanction the country for a rocket launch in December that breached U.N. rules.

“We are not disguising the fact that the various satellites and long-range rockets that we will fire and the high-level nuclear test we will carry out are targeted at the United States,” North Korea’s National Defense Commission said, according to state news agency KCNA.

Well, they’re not now, anyway.  Their hostility to the US has been only barely disguised at best for decades, despite the attempt at rapprochement by then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 2000.  The Kims have used the US as their boogeyman for decades in order to justify their massively oppressive regime, the last true Stalinist tyranny left.

Even their allies in China seem embarrassed by their latest outburst. In a subtle but clear rebuke, Beijing specifically scolded the DPRK in its “everyone settle down” response:

China’s Foreign Ministry called for calm and restraint and a return to six-party talks, but effectively singled out North Korea, urging the “relevant party” not to take any steps that would raise tensions.

“We hope the relevant party can remain calm and act and speak in a cautious and prudent way and not take any steps which may further worsen the situation,” ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters at a regular press briefing.

Too late!  There’s a reason why China wants Pyongyang to pipe down — their influence on the DPRK is one of the main reasons why the US engages China on Pacific Rim security.  It’s not that we wouldn’t engage them economically otherwise, but China’s ability to wheel and deal in the region depends largely on whether they can keep Kim on a leash.  And lately, China is looking weak:

North Korea has rejected proposals to restart the talks aimed at reining in its nuclear capacity. The United States, China, Russia, Japan and the two Koreas are the six parties involved.

“After all these years and numerous rounds of six-party talks we can see that China’s influence over North Korea is actually very limited. All China can do is try to persuade them not to carry out their threats,” said Cai Jian, an expert on Korea at Fudan University in Shanghai.

That doesn’t help, especially with an upcoming transition of power in Beijing in March.  It seems clear, though, that Kim and his clique aren’t listening to Beijing.  Either they really want to set a match to the powder keg, or they believe that the only way to get concessions is to make wild threats.  Since they’re not irrational or non-rational, I’m guessing it’s still the latter — but at a certain point, those two paths are going to converge, and the US and its allies will be faced with some very ugly choices.

Update: A commenter suggests, tongue firmly in cheek, that the North Koreans may have been offended by the Red Dawn remake.  Wasn’t everyone?


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***********NK JackWagons***************

They need to have there wagons fixed done good!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Attacking us by blowing up North Korean soil in the same way as their last fizzled test is A-OK by me.

unclesmrgol on January 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Did the NorKs see the terrible Red Dawn remake and get some crazy ideas?

Gatsu on January 24, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Hungry again I guess.

lester on January 24, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Maybe they want war with us knowing we will win and rebuild the place and feed the people like we always do.The ones in power exile somewhere and live the good life and we clean up the mess.

docflash on January 24, 2013 at 8:13 AM

What difference does it make? –Shrillary Clinton

Pest on January 24, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Look at Ed trotting out the progressivist, imperial foreign policy, saying the other party is engaged saber-rattliing.

“North Korea threatens”

“… resumed its saber-rattling.”

“Kim regime threatened to conduct another test …”

“Their hostility to the U.S. … ”

It’s not as if the United States intervened in a war against them some decades back. And it’s not as if NK isn’t a sovereign nation that has every right to conduct nuclear tests.

Like Iran, this teeny tiny little country is no threat to the United States at all, but the progressivists need their little boogeymen to justify military interventionism and their imperial goals, all financed by the Fed’s monetary policy.

And this is a supposedly conservative website.

Dante on January 24, 2013 at 8:19 AM

It’s not as if the United States intervened in a war against them some decades back. And it’s not as if NK isn’t a sovereign nation that has every right to conduct nuclear tests.

Dante on January 24, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Technically, we are still at war with North Korea. So, them building a nuclear missile would be of concern to us.

I’m sure the South Koreans would ask us to leave, if they felt that they cold pick up the slack.

LoganSix on January 24, 2013 at 8:22 AM

This can’t be true Jimmy Carter solved this problem years ago.

Flange on January 24, 2013 at 8:23 AM

North Korea threatening to fire off another bomb is like a kid threatening to break one of his toys if he can’t have his way.

Liam on January 24, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Ask the SouKors about how that whole 1950 invasion thingy went down…..

What if the FED paid the ChiComms to nuke the NORKOR leadership?

How about sending them some drone love?

PappyD61 on January 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM

And this is a supposedly conservative website.

Cindy Sheehan’s Boy Toy on January 24, 2013 at 8:19 AM

You really aren’t informed about anything, are you? It’s amazing.

Dante on January 17, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 24, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Like Iran, this teeny tiny little country is no threat to the United States at all, but the progressivists need their little boogeymen to justify military interventionism and their imperial goals, all financed by the Fed’s monetary policy.

And this is a supposedly conservative website.

Dante on January 24, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Dante:

Iran has there Weapon Program(s),inside Mountians,and alot
of SK,would be killed,so ya,…there tiny-teeny countries
who are no threat!!

***ROLLS EYES ***

canopfor on January 24, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Jeopardy Category: Strange Connections for $2000

Answer:

Their hostility to the US has been only barely disguised at best for decades

Question: What is how the Obamas are like North Korea, Alex.

Happy Nomad on January 24, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Let’s drop a missile on top of Dear Leader’s head and see if North Korea gets any kind of hint. Now we have to take threats from little pi$$ant dictators…thanks Oblahblah.

trs on January 24, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Thank you obumbles, ifeelnso safe and secure,
Tool

losarkos on January 24, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Heres what annoyed NK……………..


UN 2087

Security Council Condemns Use of Ballistic Missile Technology in Launch

by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in Resolution 2087 (2013)

Says Act Violated United Nations Sanctions, Expresses Determination

To Take ‘Significant Action’ in Event Country Proceeds with Further Launch
********

The Security Council, condemning the launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 12 December 2012, which used ballistic missile technology in violation of the sanctions imposed on it, today demanded that the country not proceed with any further such activities and expressed its “determination to take significant action” in the event it did so.

In that connection, the Council demanded, through the unanimous adoption of resolution 2087 (2013), immediate compliance by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with its obligations under resolutions 1718 (2006) and 1874 (2009), including that it abandon all nuclear weapons and nuclear programmes completely, verifiably and irreversibly.(More…)
===========================

http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/sc10891.doc.htm

canopfor on January 24, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Hungry again I guess.

lester on January 24, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Yup.
They have a unique way of asking for help.
Cannot admit a failure of their “system”.

Jabberwock on January 24, 2013 at 8:42 AM

canopfor on January 24, 2013 at 8:37 AM

I don’t know how many more strongly worded messages like that the North Koreans can take.

Flange on January 24, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Iran has there Weapon Program(s),inside Mountians,and alot
of SK,would be killed
,so ya,…there tiny-teeny countries
who are no threat!!

canopfor on January 24, 2013 at 8:31 AM

That was a fantastic refutation of how NK is not a threat to the United States:

“Because S. Koreans would be killed!”

Dante on January 24, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Just stop ALL aid and tell them to give it their best shot – ONCE.

OldEnglish on January 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM

canopfor on January 24, 2013 at 8:37 AM

I don’t know how many more strongly worded messages like that the North Koreans can take.

Flange on January 24, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Flange:Yup,I agree,just like Iran,telling Isreal they`ll be
vapourized!

From Team America
*****************

Kim Jong Il Throws Hans Blix In The Shark Tank

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2BjA7B_mpg

canopfor on January 24, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Hungry again I guess.

lester on January 24, 2013 at 8:08 AM

…feed them!…salt yourself first!

KOOLAID2 on January 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM

And this is a supposedly conservative website.

Dante on January 24, 2013 at 8:19 AM

And yet here you are.

For what purpose?

CurtZHP on January 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

canopfor on January 24, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Why you busting my balls Hans?

Flange on January 24, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Dante on January 24, 2013 at 8:19 AM
And yet here you are.

For what purpose?

CurtZHP on January 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

…go up thread…”we are more tolerant than others”…no one else would put up with that POS…he has no place else to go!

KOOLAID2 on January 24, 2013 at 9:23 AM

canopfor on January 24, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Why you busting my balls Hans?

Flange on January 24, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Flange:Lol,yup:)

canopfor on January 24, 2013 at 9:26 AM

canopfor on January 24, 2013 at 8:31 AM

That was a fantastic refutation of how NK is not a threat to the United States:

“Because S. Koreans would be killed!”

Dante on January 24, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Dante:

That sounds like the same logic,as the Abortions stance by
the Democrat Party of Death!!

canopfor on January 24, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Go ahead and tell us how it’s all our fauld Dante, I’ll go get a fresh coffee while you goggle for Ronulans Theory.

D-fusit on January 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Dante:

That sounds like the same logic,as the Abortions stance by
the Democrat Party of Death!!

canopfor on January 24, 2013 at 9:36 AM

I’m sure to you it does.

South Korea, in case you weren’t aware, is not part of the United States. That NK may be or is a threat to SK does not make them a threat to the United States.

North Korea is not a threat to the United States, and answering, “But South Koreans would be killed” in no way addresses the statement, nor does your false analogy regarding abortion.

Dante on January 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Who needs allies right Dante. You are pathetic.

D-fusit on January 24, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Who needs allies right Dante. You are pathetic.

D-fusit on January 24, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Dante is in his own little world and thinks the US should be as well.
It’s tough getting away from the manuals.

Jabberwock on January 24, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Wouldn’t it be terrible if their nuclear test misfired and just happened to fall right on their capital city?

Yeah, yeah, I know. But let a guy dream.

MelonCollie on January 24, 2013 at 9:58 AM

If we can’t stop them, can we get them to target DC?

The Rogue Tomato on January 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM

And this is a supposedly conservative website.

Dante on January 24, 2013 at 8:19 AM

You certainly are the test about whether or not liberals are less tolerant than conservatives. On the whole, I’d say that a worthless soldier-hating rube like you has been treated far better than you deserve.

Happy Nomad on January 24, 2013 at 10:13 AM

There’s a reason why China wants Pyongyang to pipe down — their influence on the DPRK is one of the main reasons why the US engages China on Pacific Rim security.

I thought the US engaged China to fund Clinton/Gore’s 1996 campaign. But, come on, Ed, NK is a talking point/hammer for both the US and China in Asia. For China, which would rather see reunification on the Korean Peninsula, it is a barrier to keep 50,000 US troops (their main objection to reunification) off its border. For the US, it is a convenient bogeyman to keep 100,000 US troops in SK and Japan while trying to maintain the illusion that they are not there to contain China. Do you really lose sleep at night because of the threats from NK?

genso on January 24, 2013 at 10:13 AM

We could nuke it from orbit. Just to be sure.

I’d like to propose Dante rides the first one in ala Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove. No cowboy hat, though. Too macho. I think he should wear a beanie. The little propeller would be cool and stuff.

trigon on January 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Awesome, just as we’re about to eviscerate our own military, and send women to the front lines.

Ward Cleaver on January 24, 2013 at 11:17 AM

We could nuke it from orbit. Just to be sure.

I’d like to propose Dante rides the first one in ala Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove. No cowboy hat, though. Too macho. I think he should wear a beanie. The little propeller would be cool and stuff.

trigon on January 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM

You’re the cowboy who wants to use force against those who haven’t used force against us. Do it yourself, Mr. Macho.

Dante on January 24, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Nuke ‘em first. It’s a valid threat.

mojo on January 24, 2013 at 12:23 PM

You’re the cowboy who wants to use force against those who haven’t used force against us. Do it yourself, Mr. Macho.

Dante on January 24, 2013 at 12:13 PM

We’re at war with North Korea. We have, currently, a cease-fire with them. No armistice, no peace treaty. The have, over the years violated that cease-fire repeatedly and nastily. Now, they are developing nuclear weapons and long-range rockets. In case you missed this, they just said it is aimed at us.

You are an idiot and a eunuch. An intellectual and moral eunuch.

I don’t mean that in a polite way.

trigon on January 24, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Next NORK rocket get’s hit with a JDAM on the launch pad. Then the regime collapses after their faux invincibility crumbles.

OxyCon on January 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Well, thanks to the norks, the missile defense industry has an extension of job security – unless obumble decides to surrender to NK sometime soon.

dentarthurdent on January 24, 2013 at 1:27 PM

We’re at war with North Korea.

Actually…no. Korea was a UN police action led by US forces. No constitutional war was declared. MacArthur wanted to turn it into a winnable war but was fired for suggesting such a thing. For 60 years, the US has stationed a minimum of ~50,000 troops there as kind of a swat team backup for the South Koreans. But the real reason was/is to have forward troop presence during the Cold War and now, to contain China. Meanwhile, a growing consensus in South Korea is for reunification, a movement which is constantly stifled by the US.

genso on January 24, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Well, thanks to the norks, the missile defense industry has an extension of job security – unless obumble decides to surrender to NK sometime soon.

dentarthurdent on January 24, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Would that really surprise you….or anybody for that matter?

DrScottMD on January 24, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Actually…no. Korea was a UN police action led by US forces. No constitutional war was declared. MacArthur wanted to turn it into a winnable war but was fired for suggesting such a thing. For 60 years, the US has stationed a minimum of ~50,000 troops there as kind of a swat team backup for the South Koreans. But the real reason was/is to have forward troop presence during the Cold War and now, to contain China. Meanwhile, a growing consensus in South Korea is for reunification, a movement which is constantly stifled by the US.

genso on January 24, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Oh, please. That’s Orwellian word games. It was war. You are correct that it was unconstitutional.

Dante on January 24, 2013 at 5:40 PM

We’re at war with North Korea. We have, currently, a cease-fire with them. No armistice, no peace treaty. The have, over the years violated that cease-fire repeatedly and nastily. Now, they are developing nuclear weapons and long-range rockets. In case you missed this, they just said it is aimed at us.

You are an idiot and a eunuch. An intellectual and moral eunuch.

I don’t mean that in a polite way.

trigon on January 24, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Hey, genius. The fact stands: We went to war against a country that didn’t attack the U.S., and you advocate using force against a country and people that have not used force against you or the U.S.

Dante on January 24, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Dante on January 24, 2013 at 5:40 PM

You are far too sensitive. I take your side on war with nations that do not threaten the security of the US. Explain the Orwellian context of my comments, please. You don’t need to challenge everybody, do you?

genso on January 24, 2013 at 6:01 PM