Good morning readers, maybe you’re waking up this fine day to chipper birds chirping or a fresh coating of snow after a wonderful and restful night of sleep that featured sublime dreams. I’m glad to hear. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is threatening to wipe out the United States with an all-out nuclear war holocaust.Maybe you should have stayed in bed.
“Nuclear warheads need to be ready for use at any time,” Kim Jong-un said on Friday according to the North Korean state news agency KCNA.
The reason for Kim Jong-un urging his military to have its nuclear warheads deployed and ready to be fired at a moment’s notice is because the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved tougher sanctions on North Korea the day before. The new sanctions are directed at restricting the communist nation’s ability to get their hands on technology, resources or money that will enable the country to enhance their nuclear weapons and ballistic-missile programs. These are the strongest sanctions against North Korea ever.
Korean Central News Agency called the sanctions “unprecedented and gangster-like” and that the “political and economic pressure and military aggression on the DPRK have gone to a grave phase that can no longer be overlooked.”
“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,” Kim allegedly said.
“We are aware of the reports. We are closely monitoring the situation on the Korean Peninsula in coordination with our regional allies,” the Pentagon said in response to North Korea’s provocations. “We urge North Korea to refrain from provocative actions that aggravate tensions and instead focus on fulfilling its international obligations and commitments.”
The North Korean news agency also confirmed that the country test-fired a new multiple launch rocket system. A day earlier, only hours after the U.N. vote, Pyongyang launched six missiles that splashed into the Sea of Japan.
North Korea has defied previous sanctions by recently testing nuclear weapons and launching a satellite, both of which violated existing sanctions. In January, North Korea bragged that they had created and successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. Then, in February, North Korea said it had successfully launched a satellite. The satellite was brought into orbit by the long-range Kwangmyongsong carrier rocket.
The new sanctions ban the following:
- The export of coal, iron and iron ore used for North Korea’s nuclear or ballistic missile programs
- All gold, titanium ore, vanadium ore, rare earth minerals and aviation fuel exports
- Any item (except food and medicine) that could develop North Korea’s armed forces
- Small arms and light weapons are now included in an arms embargo
- Upmarket watches, watercraft, snowmobiles and other recreational sports equipment added to a ban on luxury goods
- No vessels or planes can be leased or registered to North Korea
The UN also required that member states must inspect all cargo to and from North Korea, not just those suspected of containing prohibited items. There is to be an asset freeze on North Korean funds linked to nuclear and missile programs. Foreign financial institutions are prohibited from opening new offices in North Korea without approval, and North Korean banks cannot open offices abroad. The measures are aimed at crippling North Korea’s economy so that they don’t have the funds to continue nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
North Korea has often threatened nuclear war, but there are doubts about their capabilities, especially the miniaturization of a nuclear warhead small enough to be carried by long-range missiles.
Have a super day!
Maybe Donald Trump is the only one to call Kim Jong-un’s bluff.