Most experts say it’s highly unlikely that North Korea now has a reliable intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching US shores, let alone the ability to arm it with a miniaturized nuclear warhead.
In a televised statement Friday, North Korea lambasted the United States and “other major powers” for the sanctions that passed unanimously at the United Nations Security Council, where China and Russian Federation are permanent members.
State media reports he has told military leaders that North Korea’s military posture would be revised to be ready to launch pre-emptive strikes.
“Under the extreme situation that the U.S. Imperialist is misusing its military influence and is pressuring other countries and people to start war and catastrophe, the only way for our people to protect sovereignty and rights to live is to strengthen the quality and quantity of nuclear power and realize the balance of power”, said Kim, reported North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency.
The latest United Nations resolution on North Korea is being described as the toughest-ever sanctions, but some analysts pointed out that it has some key loopholes.
“We have seen the statements”. On Friday, the North Korean news agency charged that the exercises included drills for a “beheading operation” and the “collapse of social system” in the North.
K.C.N.A. said that Mr. Kim had made his remarks while inspecting tests of new weapons, including fragmentation-mine shells and underground penetration shells for the North’s newly developed large-caliber multiple-rocket launcher that it said had entered serial production.
From the outside, it looks like this is mostly yet another example of the North saber rattling in response to the actions of others as it has so many times in the past rather than a sign that things are about to take a far more serious turn on the Korean Peninsula.
Russian Federation – which enjoys friendly ties with the reclusive Stalinist regime – backed the tough UN measures against North Korea on Wednesday, after arduous negotiations between the United States and Pyongyang’s main backer China.
In another development that will anger North Korea, South Korean and US officials began formal talks Friday on deploying a sophisticated USA missile defence system in South Korea.
North Korea has threatened nuclear war in the past, but it is unclear just how advanced the country’s nuclear program really is.
He also warned that the situation in the Korean peninsula was so bad that North Korea had to change military strategy, brandishing the threat of preemptive attacks.