North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, has labelled the UN Security Council’s move to apply sanctions as “laughable”. He supervised another nuclear weapons test on Friday. This latest test explosion has been measured as yielding an explosion between 10 and 30 kilotonnes. It is extremely difficult for outsiders to get reliable information from the isolationist country.
The fifth nuclear explosion comes hard on the heels of a successful missile launch from a submarine.
Tensions in the area are high. Japan had objected to the submarine launching of missiles which had landed within their sphere of influence. S. Korea has made noises about destroying Pyongyang if the N. Korean leader shows signs of using a nuclear weapon against the south.
“Every Pyongyang district, particularly where the North Korean leadership is possibly hidden, will be completely destroyed by ballistic missiles and high-explosive shells as soon as the North shows any signs of using a nuclear weapon,” a military source in Seoul, whose name has not been disclosed, said on Sunday, “ RT
The Russian foreign minister has urged calm. US President Obama has stated that they will not accept a N. Korean nuclear power.
The reclusive country’s closest ally and supporter, China, has had a high ranking official visit the N. Korean embassy in Beijing to warn that the continued testing of nuclear devices is ramping up tensions in the area.
The US and S.Korea are currently in the planning stages of a high altitude anti-missile defense system. The system is being justified by the increasingly bellicose attitude of Kim Jong Un. The system once established would also have the ability to peek at much of the PRC.
China has not supported the proposition to block all food aid and fuel because of the fear that the population would become desperate and flood across the Chinese border.
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