How does a repressive, narcissistic dictator handle the spotlight of a UN Security Council scolding? He celebrates it with a bang — in fact, several of them. Fox reports exclusively that Kim has four responses ready for tomorrow if the UNSC approves yet another strongly-worded memo over his intransigence:
U.S. intelligence officials have warned President Obama and other senior American officials that North Korea intends to respond to the passage of a U.N. Security Council resolution this week — condemning the communist country for its recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests — with another nuclear test, FOX News has learned.
What’s more, Pyongyang’s next nuclear detonation is but one of four planned actions the Central Intelligence Agency has learned, through sources inside North Korea, that the regime of Kim Jong-Il intends to take — but not announce — once the Security Council resolution is officially passed, likely on Friday.
The other three actions include the reprocessing of all of the North’s spent plutonium fuel rods into weapons-grade plutonium; a major escalation in the North’s uranium-enrichment program; and the launching of another Taepodong-2 intercontinental ballistic missile from the Yunsong military complex on the west coast of North Korea. The North last launched a Taepodong-2 on April 5; it conducted its second nuclear test in the last three years on Memorial Day.
The intelligence community only learned of North Korea’s plans this week, prompting CIA to alert senior officials. Asked who would be briefed on this kind of data, a source told FOX News: “The top people: POTUS, DNI.” “POTUS” is acronym for the president of the United States; “DNI” refers to the director of the Office of National Intelligence.
It looks as if we have at least a few hours to get our assets in place near the Korean peninsula. If Obama really wanted to send a message, he would use a Taepodong launch as an opportunity to test the US missile defense system, as a response to Kim Jong-Il’s belligerence. A successful hit would underscore the point that we can defang Kim in other ways, if he wants to keep pressing the point.
I’d assume, though, that even this four-stage “celebration” won’t get enough of a rise out of China, Russia, or Barack Obama, for that matter. We’d be lucky to get four strongly-worded memos out of it.