North Korea bolsters nuclear weapons; Kim Jong Un uses tough talk, defies UN resolution

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ordered his military Thursday to keep the country’s nuclear arsenal at the ready, the state-controlled Korean Central News Agency reported.

This change would allow North Korea to initiate a preemptive strike against its perceived enemies and deprive them of “sleep in peace till the moment they meet their final end in their land,” Kim is reported to have said in a speech, according to USA Today, which reported:

KCNA continued: “The only way for defending the sovereignty of our nation and its right to existence under the present extreme situation is to bolster up nuclear force both in quality and quantity and keep balance of forces,” he said, stressing the need to “get the nuclear warheads deployed for national defense always on standby so as to be fired any moment.”

 

By this change in posture, North Korea is thumbing its nose at Wednesday’s unanimous UN Security Council resolution to introduce new and tougher sanctions against the rogue regime in response to its recent long-range missile tests.

The new sanctions are the toughest imposed by that group in more than two decades, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Those sanctions prohibit the sale of small arms and conventional weapons to North Korea and require all ships and aircraft to be subject to inspection before leaving and after entering the country.

In defiance, the South Korean defense ministry reported that North Korea fired several short-range missiles into the sea hours after the UN Security Council issued its resolution.

The Pentagon said it’s aware of North Korea’s change in military posture and is closely monitoring the situation along with our allies in the region.

The State Department cautioned North Korea against further sabre-rattling.

“We urge North Korea to refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric that aggravate tensions and instead focus on fulfilling its international obligations and commitments,” Gabrielle Price, the spokeswoman for the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said.

USA Today reported:

KCNA, in its typically dramatic language, called the sanctions a flagrant effort by the “U.S. imperialists and their followers” to impose “gangster-like” economic and political pressure and military aggression on North Korea for its defensive actions and sovereign right to launch an earth-observation satellite.

“All the people in the DPRK are now waiting for an order of combat to annihilate the enemy with their surging wrath at the U.S. imperialists and south Korea’s Park Geun Hye group of traitors,” the agency said, referring to the South’s president.

 

Although Chinese officials told U.S. nuclear specialists that North Korea has 20 nuclear weapons on hand, and are manufacturing an additional 10 annually, the size of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is unclear.

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