World on Edge over North Korea

North Korea is relentlessly continuing its provocative rhetoric and actions in the wake of its ballistic missile and nuclear arms tests, which had prompted more stringent sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council earlier this year. North Korea’s young dictator, Kim Jong-un, led the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party plenary meeting Sunday in declaring that North Korea’s continued build up of its nuclear arms stockpile was not negotiable. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of North Korea quoted from the meeting as follows:

The nuclear weapons of Songun Korea are not goods for getting U.S. dollars and they are neither a political bargaining chip nor a thing for economic dealings to be presented to the place of dialogue or be put on the table of negotiations aimed at forcing the DPRK to disarm itself… The DPRK’s nuclear armed forces represent the nation’s life which can never be abandoned as long as the imperialists and nuclear threats exist on earth.

Only when the nuclear shield for self-defence is held fast, will it be possible to shatter the U.S. imperialists’ ambition for annexing the Korean Peninsula by force and making the Korean people modern slaves, firmly defend our ideology, social system and all other socialist treasures won at the cost of blood and safeguard the nation’s right to existence and its time-honored history and brilliant culture.

KCNA also reported that during an Easter service “the participants renewed the firm resolution to put the warmongers [the US and South Korea] into the red hot iron-pot of hell as early as possible.”

The plenary ruling party meeting was reportedly the first of its kind in twenty years, underlining Kim Jong-un’s determination to get the attention he craves on the world stage, shore up his credentials with his military and consolidate his power by mobilizing his people to be prepared for war. The party meeting came just days after Kim Jong-un put the military’s rocket forces on standby to strike the U.S. mainland, American bases in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and U.S. bases in South Korea. The dictator had also issued a challenge that “the time has come to settle scores with the U.S. imperialists.” This in turn followed North Korea’s decision to declare the 1953 armistice with South Korea null and void and to cut off its military communications hot lines with South Korea. The only remaining shred of inter-Korean cooperation is the joint industrial park at the border town of Kaesong, which North Korea has threatened to shut down.

South Korea, needless to say, is on high alert and taking no chances, but not panicking. Seoul, South Korea’s capital, is reported to be calm at this point. South Korea’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Kim Sook was quoted by Inner City Press as saying on Monday that he hoped North Korea is “a barking dog, not a biting dog,” but that South Korea “would retaliate.” South Korean President Park Geun-hye appeared to signal that she would leave the matter of any military response to an “abrupt and surprise provocations by North Korea” to her military’s judgment.

The Obama administration is also taking North Korea’s threats seriously, but not overreacting. It has been taking measured steps to demonstrate its resolve to defend South Korea if North Korea decides to launch an attack.  For example, NBC News reports that the U.S. Navy is shifting a guided-missile destroyer in the Pacific to waters off the Korean peninsula. The destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, can intercept and destroy a missile, which would provide further deterrence to any decision by North Korea to launch a missile attack.

A group of U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets were flown Sunday from an air base in Japan to one located south of Seoul, to join the current joint military exercises in South Korea. Last Thursday, a pair of U.S. Air Force nuclear-capable B-2 bombers were sent from a base in the United States for a flight over South Korea. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the stealth bomber flights were intended to demonstrate to our allies in the region “that they can count on us to be prepared and to help them deter conflict.”

President Obama’s top national security adviser, Tom Donilon, said last month that “North Korea’s claims may be hyperbolic, but as to the policy of the United States, there should be no doubt: we will draw upon the full range of our capabilities to protect against, and to respond to, the threat posed to us and to our allies by North Korea.”

Donilon also warned North Korea not to count on its threats to bring the United States and its allies back to the negotiating table to offer another economic lifeline in return for North Korea’s meaningless promise to scale back its nuclear activities.  “The United States refuses to reward bad North Korean behavior,” Donilon said. “The United States will not play the game of accepting empty promises or yielding to threats. As former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates has said, we won’t buy the same horse twice. We have made clear our openness to authentic negotiations with North Korea. In return, however, we’ve only seen provocations and extreme rhetoric.”

While most analysts consider North Korea’s bellicose threats to strike the U.S. mainland directly a bluff that the regime is incapable of carrying out at its present technological level, South Korea and Japan are within easy target range. And miscalculations can quickly mushroom out of control.

Moreover, North Korea’s continued buildup of nuclear arms and long range missile capacities, in concert with its ally Iran’s own buildup which North Korea is helping, does not give us much breathing room. It is only a matter of time before the United States is at serious risk of being vulnerable to attack by the megalomaniacs running these two surviving members of what President George W. Bush correctly called the “axis of evil.”

According to Reza Kahlili, who served in CIA Directorate of Operations, as a spy in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and still has highly placed sources in the Iranian regime, North Korea is helping Iranian scientists to develop new ways to miniaturize and make more powerful nuclear bombs, as well as neutron warheads that can be used to launch crippling electromagnetic pulse attacks.

All that we can do at this point is contain the North Korean nuclear threat and use military force to destroy their nuclear facilities and infrastructure as a last resort. However, the alliance between North Korea and Iran makes it more imperative than ever for the Obama administration to prevent Iran, by whatever means necessary, from ever reaching the critical point of no return in developing nuclear bombs and moving towards achieving its objective of a deployed force of nuclear weapons on intermediate and inter-continental missiles.

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  • κατεργάζομαι

    I fe-e-e-e-e-l SO secure with (Community Organizer) Obama in charge of the USA's National Security..

    ………Have you looked at the City of Chicago recently?

    • guest

      Its a gun free zone. Thats why so many guns are there now. Policies have the opposite effect.


    DEATH to the socialist regime of north korea!

  • AdinaK

    Appeasement, aka jaw-jaw, always begets basket cases raining down threats, and this is no exception. The fact of the matter is that the midget from N Korea has effectively gauged his adversary. He has concluded that he is capable of taking "The One" on. He is. After all, the mullahs have been given 4 plus yrs of jaw-jaw, even as they threaten to annihilate Israel AND the US –

    The above link reflects this "showdown"!

    Adina kutnicki, Israel

  • Chezwick

    It's a completely artificial crises contrived by North Korea to garner international attention and extract concessions.

    • κατεργάζομαι

      ..(or, manufactured by Obama's machine) ………always watch what the other hand is doing,

      • Chezwick

        I don't see the Prez behind this one at all. He's just reacting….haplessly and without vision.

        Ratcheting up the "temperature" is a North Korean trademark…to gain attention and extract concessions….like a spoiled child throwing a tantrum. Believe me, the minute they feel their purposes have been served, everything will cool down in a fortnight. Nobody should get too excited about what's going on.


          We should not take the bait.

          If fascist North Korean does anything nasty, NK gets wiped off the face of the earth.

          At the same time it would be good to take care of the Islamofascist regime of iran and India can take care of pakistan.

        • guest

          The important thing is to keep giving muslim brotherhood power in the USA. Thats zeros' focus.
          The other is the total and complete disarmament of America, both militarily and the citizens. Muslim brotherhood will continue to receive billions, and F16s. That is what Obama wants to see; America topple.

  • No One

    I wonder how long the North Korean military could sustain combat operations?

    Any guess as to the true morale of NK soldiers? Think there'd be mass defections?

    Would the Chinese allow Korean unifacation along South's terms?

    If NK ignored China's controls and actually invaded, would china watch on sidelines as airpower devestaed NK supply chains, pre-positioned hard/soft sites, and killed thousands of NK troops?

    Would CHina tip off west as to where to strike NK nuke sites? Would China actually help USA behind scenes/silently, in order to solve the NK monkey on their back?

    Are there any Western socialist, liberals, progressives et al, that sympathize with NK? Speak up! Lets here american educated opinion from leftist academia on NK. Is the USA the bad guy here? Is Obama just another imperialst dog?

    Come on liberals….show some solidarity for fellow socialist! Forward North Korea!

    • JacksonPearson

      "I wonder how long the North Korean military could sustain combat operations?"

      North Korea can't hold up to a protracted war…But the Chinese army backing them can, and will enter North Korean territory and will fight just like they did in the Korean war.

      It would be wonderful if both countries dropped hostilities, and merged into a single democratically elected society, but you know hard core communism will never allow it to happen.

      • guest

        They are simply a puppet for China. Nothing happens there without China pulling the strings. North Korea has a GNP of about 12 dollars.

  • pierce

    All of a sudden we are supposed to be concerned with one of the rogue nations of this world. A rogue nation it is. Confused it is. Contrary it is.
    I am glad the US sent the Stealth Bombers to the Korean Peninsula so that we can call the mighty midget's bluff. I am more concerned with Iran because Am's rhetoric is far more dangerous, and threatening to the stability of the Middle East.
    Would We use THE BOMB again to restore civility to the world? The better question is Do North Korea and Iran have THE BOMB, and would they use it, and for what purpose. They are not peace loving, we are.


      All we have to do is KILL the leadership of the Islamofascist regime of iran.

      There are plenty of Persians who are sick of the ayatollahs.

      They didn't like the Shah. Then they got the ayatollahs. They must be kicking themselves.

      Better the devil you know than the devil you don't.

      Next time the ayatollahs meet in session, bomb the crap out of it.

      Decapitate the Islamofascist regime.


    UN AND OBAMA PLAYING CHICKEN? Both are trying to show the world that no one better antagonize them. Obama knows that this looney in NK is only showing who's boss and Obama is only showing he is the boss.

    When the "PLAYING CHICKEN" game is over, Obama, and his "CIRCLE OF COMMUNISTS" will gloat that "it was the brave actions of the Obama administration that led North Korea to end the standoff. In other words 'Don't mess with Obama.' OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA!"

  • mike

    Hey Joseph. Go tell your mother she wants you.


      mike, Go play in the street at night, dressed in a black burka.

  • Inkling

    Poor little boy has got some toys to play with. He will break them soon

    • Inkling

      Oh, and Obummer has toys as well. Except his have teeth and are well fed


    Oh, and Obummer has toys as well. Except his have teeth and they are well fed

  • antisharia

    The North Koreans are blowing smoke. They want attention, they want to feel important on the international stage, and, most importantly, they want to shake down the U.S. into paying them off in exchange for peace. Ignore them. If they do attack us we'll wipe them off the face of the earth. And the only people they can hit in America are the left coast Obama voters anyway.

    • wilinsky

      Hey, I live on the left coast and I am a conservative. Let's take care of 'em before they do anything, what do you say?


        Move East young man.

    • guest

      China pulls the strings, and they are testing America.

    • onestarmovie

      like your comment…

  • Drew

    The Fearless Leader (now a shade)
    Responded thus: “Just give them time.
    Our doctrines spread, their God is dead
    Their sons shall sing ‘The East is Red’
    Our party’s got it made.”

    Ill Kim displayed a wicked grin:
    “Our rocket-launches make them fear
    They scold and cluck, and then they duck
    While Hillary tries to pass the buck
    I think we still could win…”

    Read more here:

  • JayB

    So where does China stand on all of this – seems like they are the ones in charge of NK…why isn't anyone looking at what China or even Russia have to gain from antagonizing the US.

  • Softly Bob

    " We have made clear our openness to authentic negotiations with North Korea. In return, however, we’ve only seen provocations and extreme rhetoric.”

    Now why can't they apply this same logic to Islam?