Tuesday, July 11, 2006



North Korea has officially responded to the United States' surprisingly low-key, diplomacy -friendly reaction to a series of missile tests conducted last week.

North Korea's reaction, however, is virtually the direct opposite of the United States calls to find a diplomatic solution.

NK leader Kim Jong-Il has officially declared there will be no compromises and said his country is braced for "all out war".

The United Nations votes this week on whether there should be further sanctions imposed on the long-suffering people of North Korea. China and Russia look ready to block any moves for further sanctions, which is probably why Kim Jong-Il feels confident enough to publicly, and rarely, stick it to Bush Co.

It is also interesting to note that NK's missile tests come as the United States pulls out thousands of its troops from South Korea.

From DNAIndia.com :
"The General (Kim Jong-Il) has declared that not even a tiny concession will be made to the imperialist US invaders, our arch enemy," said a broadcast on North Korean state television, as monitored by South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

Kim, who never speaks himself in public, said that if the United States took "revenge," it would mean "all-out war."

"It is not empty talk for the DPRK (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) to respond with revenge to any revenge by the enemy and with all-out war to an all-out war," the television said.

It added: "It is out of the General's conviction, desire and courage that we should respond to the enemy's knife with a sword and to the enemy's gun with a cannon."
North Korea, which declared last year it had nuclear weapons, in November walked out of six-way talks on ending its nuclear program, protesting a set of US financial sanctions. Last week's missile launch included the new Taepodong-2, which was believed to be capable of reaching Alaska or Hawaii but which quickly crashed into the Sea of Japan (East Sea).
UPDATE : As expected, China wants to pull the plug on any further sanctions against North Korea. South Korea, in turn, has responded aggressively to Japan's furious reaction to NK's missile tests, and its floating of proposals to take out NK's missiles in a pre-emptive strike.

From AsiaNews :
The Chinese government has drawn up a draft statement on North Korea for the United Nations Security Council to replace the Japanese proposal. The latter indicated that Pyongyang’s violation of international peace and security paved the way for economic sanctions.

China’s proposal calls on North Korea to “stop development, testing, deployment and proliferation of ballistic missiles and to return to respecting the moratorium on missile launches”.

But, contrary to Japan’s draft, it does not refer to any sanctions against the regime, led by Kim Jong-il, for launching seven missiles last week which exploded, or fell, over the Sea of Japan.

The South Korean government said it “has no intention of supporting a resolution proposed by the UN including Japan, the US and France” and Vice Foreign Minister, Lee Kyu-hyung, called the Japanese Ambassador to Korea, Shotaro Oshima, to inform him of the decision.

“In any case, we can't be in the same boat with Japan,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Choo Kyu-ho said. Seoul also accused Tokyo of “wanting to intensify the crisis in the northern part of the peninsula”, using the threat of pre-emptive strikes with “rhetoric based on provocation”.

Presidential office spokesman Jung Tae-ho, said today: “South Korea will react forcefully to the arrogance of Japanese political leaders”. The true interests of Japan, he continued, lay in “becoming once again a power in the military sphere”.

Japan is obviously backed by the US in its war-like pronouncements, feeling confident enough to talk about pre-emptive strikes because the US has powered nuclear-strike ready warships to Japanese waters in recent weeks.

Some analysts have theorised that North Korea purposely destroyed on of its US-reach missiles soon after launch so as to give the illusion it does not have the capability to launch nuclear weapons into US or Canadian territory.

This was done, supposedly, so that North Korea could not be blamed for any false-flag nuclear strikes that would then give Japan and the US a reason to take out North Korea should events escalate to all out war.

US And Japan Reject China Statement On North Korea As Too Weak, Insufficient