North Korea’s ‘Fighting Words’

North Korea’s ‘Fighting Words’


“Settling accounts with the U.S. needs to be done with force, not with words, as it regards jungle law as the rule of its survival,” said North Korea’s National Defense Commission on Thursday.

Long-range rockets and proposed ‘high-level nuclear test’ are targeted at ‘arch-enemy of the Korean people’, they continued.  That arch-enemy being the United States of America.

The North’s National Defense Commission said the moves would feed into an “upcoming all-out action” that would target the United States, “the sworn enemy of the Korean people.”

While experts say North Korea doesn’t have the capability to hit the U.S. with its missiles, recent tests and rhetoric indicate the country is feverishly working toward that goal.

The defiant moves comes after the Security Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution that tightened sanctions against the country and condemned the Dec. 12 North Korea rocket launch as a violation of an existing resolution. China, one of North Korea’s few international allies, joined the U.S. and other countries in support.

North Korea’s allusion to a “higher level” nuclear test most likely refers to a device made from highly enriched uranium, which is easier to miniaturize than the plutonium bombs it tested in 2006 and 2009, said Cheong Seong-chang, an analyst at the private Sejong Institute in South Korea. Experts say the North Koreans must conduct further tests of its atomic devices and master the technique for making them smaller before they can be mounted as nuclear warheads onto long-range missiles.

Glyn Davies, special envoy on North Korea, reacted to the statement—and the possibility of further North Korean nuclear testing—during a visit in South Korea.

“We think that would be a mistake obviously,” Davies told reporters. “We call on North Korea as does the entire international community not to engage in any further provocations.”

Davies put the onus on North Korea to comply with the Security Council.

“This unanimous action by the Security Council makes clear that the international community is sending as strong signal to North Korea,” he said.