North Korea is acting aggressively following the decision of the United Nations to cripple its nuclear program. According to reports, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un instructed the military to prepare for the use of nuclear weapons any time.
“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,” North Korean state news agency KCNA quoted Kim via CNN.
A new multiple launch rocket system was also tested according to the news agency. However, the organization did not confirm whether this was similar to the North Korea “short-range projectiles” event. “We are aware of the reports. We are closely monitoring the situation on the Korean Peninsula in coordination with our regional allies,” Pentagon said following the news. “We urge North Korea to refrain from provocative actions that aggravate tensions and instead focus on fulfilling its international obligations and commitments,” Reuters quoted Commander Bill Urban, a U.S. Defense Department spokesman.
Several reports noted that North Korea’s nuclear capability remains untested. Even if they have the intent to launch such attack, it is not clear whether their capability is up to it. There is an ongoing debate on whether North Korea can realize such threats. On the other side of the world, Russia has also urged North Korea to “make the right choice” in light of the sanctions from the United Nations. Russia backed up the bill following a series of negotiations with the United States. However, U.N. Vitaly Churkin also said that the sanctions should also be accompanied by calls to North Korea to resort back to six-party talks on denuclearization, according to UPI.