Two days after it conducted a third nuclear test, North Korea staunchly upholds its actions as valid and with cause. The official Korean Central News Agency reported that the official publication of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, Rodong Sinmun, said today that the country is “fully prepared for both sanctions and war;” describing the act as “a decisive step for self-defense to cope with the high-handed hostile actions of the U.S. and its allies.”
The newspaper pointed that proceeding with the test was meant as a punishment to its enemies and those who want to stifle the country’s scientific progress. It goes on to say that military and technological supremacy are no longer the monopoly of “the imperialists.” It also referred to the test as a showing of North Korean soldiers and citizens of their “anger” and their desire to protect the sovereignty and security of the country from alleged moves aimed at waging war against it. North Korea is convinced that the only way to deal with the U.S. and its allies is through arms, and that words are no longer effective.
The newspaper proceeded to target the U.S. and South Korea for attempting to isolate North Korea, as well as the United Nations Security Council resolutions for taking aims at its “legitimate satellite launch for peaceful purposes.” Before the article concluded, a dark warning—or perhaps a challenge—was made: “If the U.S. and its allies aggravate the situation while making much fuss about UNSC’s ‘additional sanctions‘ and ‘stronger reaction,’ this would be as foolish an act as precipitating its self-destruction.”[via Kyodo]