In response to yesterday’s U.N. resolutions against North Korea, the Pyongyang government issued statements rejecting such actions, and even hinting at carrying out its third nuclear test launch within a year. The isolated nation’s foreign ministry said through its state-backed media that it would strengthen its military capabilities, including its nuclear weaponry.
The North Korean statement continued that it rejected the new censures from the U.N. Security Council, accusing the organization of violating its sovereignty and attempting to deny its right to launch satellites for scientific purposes, referring to the latest rocket firing on December 12th. Following the calls for a response from the U.S. and its allies Japan and South Korea, the U.N. has drafted a resolution that don’t impose any new sanctions, but extends those already in place after North Korean missiles were fired in 2006 and 2009. Further, Pyongyang demands an apology from the U.N.
Among the demands from the Security Council on Tuesday are for North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program, halt all missile launches, and put a freeze on its so-called space agency. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice stated that the Security Council was making it as clear as possible that if North Korea once again chooses to defy the international community, there will be significant consequences. There is no evidence at this point of plans for a third weapons test, but analyst Hong Hyun-ik, of Seoul’s Sejong Institute, says the wording Pyongyang used strongly hinted of the possibility.