“We are aware of the reports, and are closely monitoring the situation on the Korean Peninsula in co-ordination with our regional allies”, said Commander Bill Urban, a Pentagon spokesman.
It views any criticism of its rights situation as part of a U.S.-led plot to overthrow its government, a reason why it says it needs nuclear weapons.
The test of a newly developed, high-precision tactical guided missile was developed under North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s (pic) personal guidance.
New sanctions imposed on North Korea include the inspection of all shipments to and from the country. Pyongyang is thought to have a handful of crude atomic bombs, but there is considerable outside debate about whether it is technologically able to shrink a warhead and mount it on a missile.
“At an extreme time when the Americans… are urging war and disaster on other countries and people, the only way to defend our sovereignty and right to live is to bolster our nuclear capability”, he was quoted as saying.
The resolution also blacklisted 16 North Korean individuals and 12 entities, including the General Reconnaissance Bureau, in charge of espionage operations, and requires the expulsion of North Korean diplomats engaged in activities banned under Security Council resolutions. The missiles, all of which fell into the sea, were fired from Wonsan in eastern North Korea. They flew around 150 kilometers before they landed in the sea.
For example. under resolution 2270, United Nations member states are required to inspect all cargo bound for North Korea for prohibited items and, perhaps most vexing for Kim Jong-un’s bon vivant tendencies, a far-reaching ban on luxury goods exports to North Korea. Officials said they did not find anything suspicious on board.
Residents in Pyongyang remain defiant against worldwide penalties. But the North can probably place nuclear warheads on its shorter-range Scuds and its 1,300-kilometer-range Rodong missiles, which can strike targets in South Korea and Japan, said Lee Choon Geun, an analyst from the South’s state-funded Science and Technology Policy Institute. It added that the sanction will not cause the country to collapse or stop it from launching rockets.
“We will cooperate with the world to make the North Korean regime abandon its reckless nuclear development and end tyranny that oppresses freedom and human rights of our brethren in the North”, Park said at a Christian prayer meeting on Thursday. On the other hand, Japanese ambassador to the UN, Motohide Yoshikawa, said it is the way the North reacts to the decision of the UN Security Council.