The comments, carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency, marked a further escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula after the U.N. Security Council imposed harsh new sanctions on the isolated state for its nuclear programme.
The Jin Teng cargo ship will not be allowed to leave the port of Subic, and its 21 crew members will be deported, a Philippine government spokesman said Saturday.
Manuel Quezon said in a radio interview that M/V Jin Teng, which arrived in Subic – a former USA naval base located north of Manila – to offload “palm kernels expeller”, is among 31 vessels of the North Korean firm Ocean Maritime Management covered by an “asset freeze” order by the U.N. Security Council.
“We have not seen North Korea test or demonstrate the ability to miniaturise a nuclear weapon and put it on an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile)”, a United States defence official told AFP. Last month, North Korea tested a long-range missile. “The government will take all kinds of strong and effective measures against North Korea until it gives up the nuclear programs and become a responsible member of the global community”, Park said. The North’s report didn’t say when the test-firing happened, but many in South Korea believe it likely refers to the six short-range projectiles that Seoul said North Korea fired into the sea on Thursday.
North Korea routinely test-fires missiles and rockets, but often conducts weapons launches when angered at global condemnation.
In the immediate aftermath of an underground nuclear weapons test in the northeast of North Korea in January and a missile test in February, China called for Pyongyang to “fulfill its promise of denuclearization and stop any actions that would worsen the situation” before Beijing began intense negotiations with the US on the sanctions resolution.
Deputy presidential spokesman Manolo Quezon said the Philippines “has to do its part to enforce the sanctions”. It also bans financial institutions from opening new branches or accounts in the country and blacklists a number of North Koreans, including officials active in Iran, Syria and Vietnam.
No vessels or planes can be leased or registered to North Korea.
Kim Jong-Un has increased his outspoken war of words by threatening to “clearly show the end” to South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye, in one of his most outspoken outbursts in public.
None of her plans have worked, she said, and her activism is now centered on focusing attention on her cause – repatriation – and also spreading awareness about “real life” in North Korea to South Koreans. North Korea has historically enjoyed a fruitful strategic and economic relationship with China, and without their military and financial backing as a deterrent, South Korea and the West may attempt to forcibly disarm or depose Kim Jong Un’s regime.
North Korea isn’t happy.